Starting in 2022, Universal movies will be available on Peacock first instead of on HBO. That means the next one Jurassic World and the new Halloween the film will make its TV debut on the streaming service also owned by its parent company Comcast. According to Variety and In the Wall Street Journal, Universal’s films will appear exclusively in Peacock for broadcast within four months of their theatrical release, and also in the last four months of an 18-month window.
Those 10 months in between, the films will be licensed to about two or three additional partners, although none of them will have exclusive rights over the films. Universal hasn’t even released the list of additional partners, and it’s unclear if HBO is one of them. Variety says that by adopting the segmented TV output program, Universal hopes to avoid excessive saturation or make its movies look stagnant. In addition, streaming platforms are apparently willing to pay the top dollar for popular movies these days in an effort to stand out from their ever-increasing number of outside rivals.
Whether the move will lead to a boost in subscriber numbers for Peacock remains to be seen. Comcast made the streaming service available to more potential viewers just a month ago by releasing apps for it Amazon Fire TV and compress and Samsung smart TVs. Peacock too grow up its sports portfolio live and recently announced that it will broadcast 44 Lacrosse Premier League games for the season that began on June 4.
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