The Roku standoff with Peacock has ended (see: Why not put the deal terms with Roku and Amazon Fire out there for everybody to see, HBO Max and Peacock?). Officially.
Apparently, Comcast’s threat to pull 45+ channels from Roku was enough ammunition to get Roku back to the bargaining table. Roku customers were already setting the community section ablaze with complaints about missing streaming channels.
Roku tried to stem the tide by sending out an email explaining that the bad guys were that giant corporation behemoth, not them (ironic, when you consider how much of the pie they want, see: DEAL BREAKER? Roku asks 20% of subscription fees and 30% of ad inventory from partner channels, says Variety report), but customers were not buying it. Especially when Peacock has a FREE subscription tier. How can a free channel not be offered on Roku?
…that advantage breaks down when its demands are too steep to get high-profile services like HBO Max and Peacock to sign up. The company may be overplaying its hand here, and a number of its customers are frustrated at not having access to the apps, especially Peacock, which is free.Roku Suddenly Looks Vulnerable in Peacock Dispute
Good news, in the final moments a deal was reached and there’s already a Peacock app, albeit a private channel as of this writing, available on Roku. The app will switch to public soon, but you can access it by following the instructions linked below.
To add the channel, start by signing up for a Peacock subscription. Then, login to your Roku account and click here to navigate to the Peacock Roku channel. If you’re prompted to enter a code, enter PEACOCK. The channel will be installed on your Roku device and you’ll be able to sign into your Peacock account to start streaming.Peacock is Beginning to Roll Out on Roku
Since we’re Xfinity internet customers, we have been using their Flex box to access Peacock, but this will now make it more convenient using the app through Roku vs. having to switch inputs on the TV.
Now, if only Roku will cut a deal with HBO Max, we’ll have all our current subscriptions available through Roku. It’s the right thing to do, Roku, are you listening? Get the deal done.
No deal with Peacock for Amazon Fire users, sorry. That’s another large percentage of customers being left in the cold.
Meanwhile, there is an option besides Roku to get every streaming channel in one place, it’s Google Chromecast, and a new version has just come out.