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Sky customers to receive US streaming service, Peacock, for free

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 31/07/2021 Grace Gausden For This Is Money
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Sky customers will have access to the Peacock streaming service for free later this year, the firm has revealed.

Comcast, which owns both Sky and Peacock, will roll out the service to nearly 20million European customers at no additional cost.

Peacock will be bundled as part of the entertainment membership on Now and Sky Ticket and will include shows like The Office, Rutherford Falls, Saved by the Bell, Equalizer, Young Rock, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Suits and Downton Abbey.

The agreement with Sky marks Peacock's first international expansion since its US launch last summer.

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The service is proving popular with 54million customers signing up for Peacock in the US over the past year.

Dana Strong, group chief executive officer of Sky, said: 'Peacock will be a great addition for Sky customers with over 7,000 hours of content at no additional cost.

'This exceptional value add is another example of the great ways we are innovating to bring more benefits to our customers from the synergies across Sky, NBCUniversal, and Comcast Cable.'

The news comes up after Sky announced earlier this week that it was planning to axe Sky One and replace it with two new channels from September as part of a major revamp to its portfolio of TV channels.

Sky customers will instead be offered Sky Showcase, which will feature a selection of the top shows including Sky Nature, Sky Arts, SyFy and E!.

They will also have access to Sky Max, which will be the broadcaster's new home of 'blockbuster entertainment' such as original dramas A Discovery Of Witches and Cobra and comedy entertainment shows such as A League Of Their Own. 

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Best TV deals 

This is Money, with the help of Uswitch, has put together a list of the best TV deals currently on the market.

Currently, customers can sign up to Sky for £25 with access to 300 Sky channels as well as the streaming service, Netflix. 

The contract is for 18 months with a set up cost of £20. 

For those looking for a joint TV and broadband deal, Now is offering customers 20 entertainment channels and average broadband speeds of 63MB in a package for £29.99 a month with a £5 set up cost. 

The Super Fibre, Anytime Calls & Entertainment Membership tariff comes with a 12 month contract. 

Meanwhile, Virgin Media are giving new customers 135 channels and broadband speeds of 108Mb on its Big Bundle, Drama Pick, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Weekend Calls deal. 

Consumers will pay £36.99 a month for 18 months with a set up cost of £35. 

For Sky customers looking to join for both broadband and TV, they could benefit from its Sky TV Superfast Broadband and Netflix deal.

In it they will receive 300 channels and access to Netflix as well as average internet speeds of 59Mb for £43 a month on an 18 month contract with set up costs of £29.95.

Virgin Media is also offering consumers the chance to sign up for broadband, TV and a phone deal in one package. 

Customers on the Bigger TV Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone deal will receive 190 TV channels, 213Mb average internet speeds and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.

All of this will set you back £49 a month for 18 months with a £35 set up fee. 

BEST TV DEALS AVAILABLE
Provider Tariff Additional features Channels Average Speeds Cost per month Contract length Set up cost
Sky Sky TV and Netflix - 300 and Netflix - £25 18 months £20
NOW Broadband Super Fibre, Anytime Calls & Entertainment Membership Includes broadband  20 63Mb £29.99 12 months  £5
Virgin Media  Big Bundle, Drama Pick, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Weekend Calls Includes broadband  135 108Mb £36.99 18 months £35
BT BT Fibre 2 & Entertainment Includes broadband & £120 reward card 136 67Mb £38.99 for 6 months and £49.99 thereafter 24 months  £29.99
Sky (Uswitch exclusive) Sky TV, Superfast Broadband and Sky Pay As You Talk Includes broadband 300 59Mb £39 18 months £29.95
NOW Broadband Super Fibre, Anytime Calls & Sky Sports Membership Includes broadband  11 63Mb £42.99 12 months  £5
Sky Sky TV Superfast Broadband and Netflix Includes broadband 300 and Netflix 59Mb £43 18 months £29.95
Sky Sky TV, Sports & Netflix - 348 and Netflix - £45 18 months £20
Virgin Media  Bigger TV Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone Includes broadband  190 213Mb £49 18 months £35
Source: Uswitch (prices correct as of 30 July 2021) Availability may vary depending on postcode
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