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Paulio

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Is it just me or that some of the Peacock movies/TV shows have been updated with premium? I thought I get all movies/TV shows for free instead of some being sidelined to premium category if I have cable.
 

RevFreako

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Is it just me or that some of the Peacock movies/TV shows have been updated with premium? I thought I get all movies/TV shows for free instead of some being sidelined to premium category if I have cable.
My understanding was always that free got you roughly half of the contentm
 

rageofthegods

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Is it just me or that some of the Peacock movies/TV shows have been updated with premium? I thought I get all movies/TV shows for free instead of some being sidelined to premium category if I have cable.
If you get cable tv (not broadband) through either Comcast or Cox, you should be able to get Peacock Premium (with all the content + ads) for free. For Flex, you have to log into your Peacock through the device first in order to get it, so maybe check online if there are specific instructions you have to follow in order to log in.
 
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Cup_Of_Coffee

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I love the SNL channel on there honestly. Nice to have on once a night and since things have gotten going on Peacock more there is more variety of the whine sketch mashup for an hour or so than they used to have. Tons of Carvey, Farley, Sandler, and Spade tonignt.
And one of my favorites, The Day Beyoncé Turned Black
 

Paulio

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After watching HBO Max's Classic Action Park documentary, I don't understand why Universal hasn't produced a special one about the history of its theme parks. Think about it, the history of Universal Studios, its studio tour, Carl Laemmle, Monster Movies, how interaction with Walt Disney and MCA executives lead to the 1964 Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, how famed director Steven Spielberg helped develop the Universal Orlando theme parks, Harry Potter themed areas, etc. I can understand their business model, but otherwise, Peacock is just another generic streaming service with Universal movies/TV shows and some 3rd party content without anything interesting documentaries pertaining to pop culture. I guess Peacock really does need some serious exposure so they could be compelled to create one.
 
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TheGentTrent

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After watching HBO Max's Classic Action Park documentary, I don't understand why Universal hasn't produced a special one about the history of its theme parks. Think about it, the history of Universal Studios, its studio tour, Carl Laemmle, Monster Movies, how interaction with Walt Disney and MCA executives lead to the 1964 Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, how famed director Steven Spielberg helped develop the Universal Orlando theme parks, Harry Potter themed areas, etc. I can understand their business model, but otherwise, Peacock is just another generic streaming service with Universal movies/TV shows and some 3rd party content without anything interesting documentaries pertaining to pop culture. I guess Peacock really does need some serious exposure so they could be compelled to create one.
That's because Universal doesn't sell itself as a lifestyle brand the same way Disney does. Think about it, there are no Universal on Ice shows that tour the country. People don't sing Universal songs the same way they do Disney tunes. Outside of Harry Potter, kids don't dress like any of the characters found at the parks. To Comcast, they are just another branch of the company that only need to be highlighted when it comes to cross-promotion.
 

Paulio

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That's because Universal doesn't sell itself as a lifestyle brand the same way Disney does. Think about it, there are no Universal on Ice shows that tour the country. People don't sing Universal songs the same way they do Disney tunes. Outside of Harry Potter, kids don't dress like any of the characters found at the parks. To Comcast, they are just another branch of the company that only need to be highlighted when it comes to cross-promotion.
Obviously, it doesn't have to have Universal doing the things that Disney does, but that doesn't leave behind the Universal's historical legacy that created the parks today. If HBO Max can create a doc about Action Park, then Universal can too.
 

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Obviously, it doesn't have to have Universal doing the things that Disney does, but that doesn't leave behind the Universal's historical legacy that created the parks today. If HBO Max can create a doc about Action Park, then Universal can too.
HBO Max bought the distribution rights for the documentary. There’s a difference. The documentary was made before distribution rights were acquired (it actually debuted at the Florida Film Festival).
 

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A documentary about the park would be cool but I also see it having limited appeal compared to something like Disney.

What about one of those videos you used to be able to buy on your trip that was like an hour long showcase of everything Universal had at the time? They could probably throw one of those together and put it on Peacock and have it be informative, entertaining, and basically a one hour commercial for the parks.
 

Cup_Of_Coffee

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I just wish The Good Place was on here. Reallyyyyy surprised they couldn’t find a way to get their Emmy nominated comedy onto their service.
 

Paulio

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A documentary about the park would be cool but I also see it having limited appeal compared to something like Disney.

What about one of those videos you used to be able to buy on your trip that was like an hour long showcase of everything Universal had at the time? They could probably throw one of those together and put it on Peacock and have it be informative, entertaining, and basically a one hour commercial for the parks.
I think it has something to do with Universal's lack of legacy of watchable cartoon shorts, shows and characters, comic books, and stuff like that when compared to Warner Bros. and Disney. There were plenty of instances where Universal could have had a chance to acquire popular assets in order to grow its company to be as competitive.

1) Hanna-Barbera. Had Universal simply acquired the famed company as originally intended, cartoons like Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd N Eddy, and Dexter Lab would belong to Universal instead of Warner Bros. USA Network (which Universal acquired in the mid-1990s) had a cartoon block called "Cartoon Express". I could see Universal spinning this block as its own cartoon-like 24 hour network. Adult Swim will inevitably exists, that's for sure, and Universal would be in the business of producing adult-animated shows/movies. WB IMO would be left without a 24 hour Cartoon programming network like 20th Century Fox (now absorbed into and owned by Disney) and Sony.

2) Marvel Entertainment. OK, this one that Universal didn't really offer a deal, but what if they did instead. It would have elevated Universal to be as competitive to Warner Bros. instead of Disney.

3) Funimation. I don't know about that one, but Universal was going to seek it as well.

4) 21st Century Fox. Yes, it's not much when compared to the other first two (and probably the third), but at least it will give Universal a valuable library such as Fox adult-animated sitcoms and X-Men movies. We'll probably have a Deadpool adult animated series by now too.

If Universal has all of these (maybe except #3 or #4, or both), they would be indisputable and competitive to Warner Bros. and Disney and would no doubt expand their reach more influentially. Documentaries about Universal parks would have been made on the service by now. Unfortunately, Universal currently have none of these options listed here, and people aren't as excited about Universal products when compared to Warner Bros. and Disney.
 

rageofthegods

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I think it has something to do with Universal's lack of legacy of watchable cartoon shorts, shows and characters, comic books, and stuff like that when compared to Warner Bros. and Disney. There were plenty of instances where Universal could have had a chance to acquire popular assets in order to grow its company to be as competitive.

1) Hanna-Barbera. Had Universal simply acquired the famed company as originally intended, cartoons like Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd N Eddy, and Dexter Lab would belong to Universal instead of Warner Bros. USA Network (which Universal acquired in the mid-1990s) had a cartoon block called "Cartoon Express". I could see Universal spinning this block as its own cartoon-like 24 hour network. Adult Swim will inevitably exists, that's for sure, and Universal would be in the business of producing adult-animated shows/movies. WB IMO would be left without a 24 hour Cartoon programming network like 20th Century Fox (now absorbed into and owned by Disney) and Sony.

2) Marvel Entertainment. OK, this one that Universal didn't really offer a deal, but what if they did instead. It would have elevated Universal to be as competitive to Warner Bros. instead of Disney.

3) Funimation. I don't know about that one, but Universal was going to seek it as well.

4) 21st Century Fox. Yes, it's not much when compared to the other first two (and probably the third), but at least it will give Universal a valuable library such as Fox adult-animated sitcoms and X-Men movies. We'll probably have a Deadpool adult animated series by now too.

If Universal has all of these (maybe except #3 or #4, or both), they would be indisputable and competitive to Warner Bros. and Disney and would no doubt expand their reach more influentially. Documentaries about Universal parks would have been made on the service by now. Unfortunately, Universal currently have none of these options listed here, and people aren't as excited about Universal products when compared to Warner Bros. and Disney.
They own Illumination and Dreamworks, the two most powerful animation brands at the BO outside of Disney and Pixar. Minions was the fifth most profitable movie ever at the time of release.

Universal has been toe-to-toe with WB for a while now and is arguably the more consistent of the two. They just make more of their money internationally and through smaller-scale successes than WB so it's not as immediately obvious.