Peacock Coming To Roku Devices
Good news in Roku world: Roku notified customers Saturday that it expects to soon bring NBC Universal’s premium streaming service Peacock to its streaming media players and Roku TVs along with the NBC Universal’s TV Everywhere channels.
In an email to users Saturday Roku said: “We’re pleased to tell you that Peacock, the new streaming service from Comcast’s NBC Universal division will be coming to Roku. We will also continue to offer access to NBC U’s TV Everywhere apps that let pay TV subscribers stream cable channels on the Roku platform.”
The statement continued: “Reaching fair agreements with content partners supports the development of our platform, funds innovation and allows us to bring you exceptionally low-cost streaming players and TVs and the vast selection of free content found in Featured Free and The Roku Channel.”
On Friday, Comcast, NBC Universal’s parent, said negotiations over Peacock carriage between NBC Universal and Roku had stalled and as a result Roku users were to lose access to nearly 50 TV Everywhere apps and local NBC and Telemundo affiliate station apps.
Sources familiar with the issue said a stalemate had resulted over ad-supported revenue sharing between the two companies. Sharing in ad-generated revenue is a major source of income to Roku.
In its statement announcing that Peacock is coming, Roku said, “We are committed to ensuring that you get the very best streaming experience we can provide.”
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By Greg Tarr
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