Looks like Peacock, unfurling before the investor community at a splashy 30 Rock event in New York last week, wants to travel both lanes of the streaming highway -- one lane with customers watching ads, the other with customers watching ad-free. That’s a bit of a shift from remarks NBC Universal made last fall when confirming the existence of this enterprise and the intention to launch it in April 2020. At that time, it seemed certain that everyone subscribing to Peacock, whether connected to cable systems owned by NBC Universal parent Comcast, or to the expanding universe of smart TV set or device households, would see thousands of hours of original and archived programs free or for a low monthly fee supported by limited, innovative sponsorships.
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