SmileDirectClub Wants to Take $2.85 Billion Bite Out of NBC

This story is relevant here only because it involves the parent company of streaming service Peacock (see: The Quest for Xfinity Flex required for early Peacock Access – TV Shows and Movies A-Z List), which is in limited release now (Xfinity customers only), and going widespread on July 15.

The bark may not be worse than the bite in this lawsuit by Smile Direct Club that wants financial payment for damages due to a news story they allege contained “false and misleading” statements.

First the story, then the article, then my take.

NBC News reporting on SmileDirectClub

Viewers and readers across the country turn to the media for the information they need to make decisions about their health and well-being,” the suit by attorney J. Erik Connolly also states. “NBC abused their trust by publishing reports about SDC that were littered with false and misleading statements. NBC’s misconduct not only financially injured SDC, but it also prevented patients from seeking the affordable treatment they need for their orthodontic problems and caused investors to lose millions, if not billions, of dollars

NBC Hit In The Teeth With $2.85 Billion Lawsuit By SmileDirectClub – Deadline

Sorry, I just have to ask: who signs up for a service to get their teeth straightened without their friendly dentist treating him/her/them in person?

If the first video wasn’t enough, check out this one:

Sounds like it’s meant to save money (save up to 60% over braces), so perhaps that’s the answer, but coat hangers can be used for a low cost abortions, too (no, I’m not making seriously making that comparison). The pictures of those molds people need to wear look painful, but maybe they aren’t, since they’re molded to the person’s mouth.

I don’t know how this lawsuit will work out, but it will cost NBC money in attorney’s fees regardless the outcome. That means less to spend on new content for new shows and/or greenlighting existing ones, which is where my primary interest here lies.

What’s Happening At Peacock?

Speaking of Peacock TV. I’ve been kind of quiet about them because, well, they aren’t doing that much new except monthly rotating their movie library. Every streaming service does that.

Peacock are missing some TV series that they own that I’d love to see them add like the complete Las Vegas (2003-2008) seasons. That’s one of my favorite TV shows of the 2000s (also 24!) and starred James Caan, Moll Sims, Josh Duhamel and others. It dealt with the day to day running of the fictional Montecino Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas including cheaters to trying to scam security, whales (large casino customers) being wooed to gamble at the casino, celebrity walk-ons (reminding me of the shows Love Boat and Fantasy Island), interesting and unique locals and more.

Alas, that TV show is owned by NBC Universal and it’s not even available to purchase digitally online as of this writing. This is the kind of TV series that Peacock should have, but doesn’t. Maybe it will be released in the future. Instead, they are letting DVD scalpers sell the complete season on Amazon for hundreds of dollars.

As for the movie library? It’s different than the soft launch A-Z that I wrote up (and is linked at the top of this article) and will likely change again on July 15 when they go into full launch mode for the rest of the web.

Any readers that are using Peacock? What do you like/dislike about this sleeping giant (I suspect they will be the HBO Max release of July)? Or of course if you’d like to comment on the lawsuit mentioned in the beginning of this article, you’re welcome to do so.

The Quest for Xfinity Flex required for early Peacock Access – TV Shows and Movies A-Z List

If you are one of the millions who use Xfinity internet, but don’t have Flex, it is FREE

So, we need the Xfinity Flex box to get PeacockTV that launches today, April 15. Sigh, another box on another HDMI port on the TV. At least the price is right.

My advance research failed me until the day before when I finally spotted an article that detailed simply being an Xfinity high speed internet customer was not enough.

How to get the box?

Local Xfinity office or snail mail delivery. The local offices are running restricted hours due to the pandemic, so we went when the store opened at 11am to see if they had any more of these magical little Roku-wannabe Flex boxes.

The Flex is indeed a smart venture for Xfinity in today’s streaming world. If one wants to take full advantage of Flex, going all in on Xfinity’s ecosystem is a must. One example is that if you have Xfinity’s Gateway modem/router, the Flex will automatically connect to your internet service, while if you own a third-party brand, that setup will have to be completed manually.

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Xfinity has done a — no surprise — horrible job educating their existing customers that this box is there for them free of charge (additional boxes for extra rooms cost $5/month). We’ve been paying over $100/month for years and the last thing I remember them pushing on us — or at least trying to — was home surveillance. Before that it was (gasp!) telephone service. Who needs a telephone service through the cable company?

We stopped by the local Xfinity office at the reduced hours start time (11am). They were in full social distancing mode and were metering people in and out of the building. It took only 10 minutes or so to get in, get the box, and say “no” to live TV for an additional $25/month (no thanks on live TV).

The Xfinity Flex box is thin and small, perhaps a little larger than the palm of your hand

Setup for the Xfinity Flex was very easy. It comes with an HDMI cable and AC power adapter.

Just plug in the power, an HDMI cable turn it on and walk through a very brief setup process (English language, WiFi password) and then voila! the network screen.

Then we’re at the title screen which is laid out very similarly to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

There is Peacock to explore …. or is it?

Spotted the PeacockTV graphic and clicked on it only to find out …

As of 12:45pm PST (GMT-8) on April 15, PeacockTV is not available via Flex … at least in our area

No PeacockTV yet. I’m hooked up and ready to check it out whenever it is available today. Supposed to be available on April 15 for Xfinity Flex customers, but nothing I could locate says when it will appear today … or even if it really will appear today.

12:51pm PST … checked again. Yay! It’s asking for an email address to sign up! We’re in! So it must literally have activated in our area within the last few minutes.

TV SHOWS (A-Z)
1st Look (Travel)
21 Jump Street
30 Rock
A Little Late With Lilly Singh
A.P Bio
Aaron Hernandez Uncovered
Airwolf
Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alien News Desk
American Greed
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior Junior
Baby Einstein
Bad Girls Club: Back for More
Bad Girls Club: East Meets West
Bad Girls Club: Redemption
Bad Girls Club: Social Disruption
Bad Girls Club: Twisted Sister
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini Series
Below Deck
Below Deck: Mediterranean
Bethenny Ever After
Bite Club
Blindspot
Bluff City Law
Botched
Bring The Funny
Buried in the Backyard
Care Bears (3 seasons)
Care Bears: Adventures in Care-A-Lot
Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
Caso cerrado
Cheers
Chicago Fire
Chicago Med
Chicago P.D
Chrisley Knows Best
Cleopatra in Space
Columbo
Council of Dads
Covert Affairs (5 seasons)
Curious George
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Dateline NBC
Days of Our Lives
Deadly Power
Dragons: Defenders of Berk
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Dying To Belong
El baron
El Chema
Ellen’s Game of Games
Escapse to the Chateau
Eureka
Everybody Loves Raymond
Exosquad
Face Off
Final Appeal
Flipping Out (11 seasons)
Forensic Files
Frasier
Friday Night Lights
George Lopez
George to the Rescue
Get Out Of My Room
Ghost Hunters International
Greatest American Hero
Guerra de idolos
Hell’s Kitchen
Heroes
Hollywood Game Night
Homicide for the Holidays
House
Hunter
I Love Jenni
In Ice Cold Blood
Indebted
Jay Leno’s Garage
Killerpost
Kilision Course
Kitchen Nightmares
Ladies of London
Larrymania (8 seasons)
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Leave It To Beaver
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector
Love Child
Making It
Manifest
Married To Medicine
Mi familia perfecta
Million Dollar Listing
Million Dollar Listing: Los Angelos
Million Dollar Listing: New York
Monk
Murder for Hire
Murder, She Wrote
Necessary Roughness
New Amsterdam
Open House NYC
Paranormal Witness
Parenthood
Parks and Recreation
Perfect Harmony
Perro Amor
Poker After Dark
Press No. 1
Psych
Punky Brewster
Rob & Chyna
Ryan’s Wdding: Million Dollar … Wedding?
Saturday Night Live
Savage Dragon
Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Seaquest 2032
Seaquest DSV
Shahs of Sunset
Sitting Ducks
Sliders
Snapped
Snapped: She Made Me Do It
Songland
Southern Charm
Southern Charm New Orleans
Southern Charm Savannah
Starveillance
Story of Cool
Summer House
Sunnyside
Superstore
Swedish Dicks
Sweet Home
Sweet Home Oklahoma
Terrific Trucks
The Carol Burnett Show
The Case of Caylee Anthony
The Commish
The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Jeff Foxworthy Show
The Jury Speaks
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The King of Queens
The Munsters
The New Woody Woodpecker
The Profit
The Real Housewife’s of Dallas
The Rockford Files
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Wrong Girl
Three Days to Live
Top Chef Junior
Two and a half Men
Un poquito tuyo
Unsolved Mysteries
Very Cavallari
Victoria
WAGS LA
WAGS: Miami
Warehouse 13
Where’s Waldo?
Yellowstone
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Movies – A-Z
12 Days of Christmas Eve
13/13/13
2-Headed Shark Attack
2012:Ice Age
3 Musketeers
500 MPH Storm
A Belle for Christmas
A Christmas Wedding Til
A Foreign Affair

PeacockTV has the Abbott & Costello Universal monster movies! Yay!

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies
Across The Great Divide
AE: Apocalypse Earth
Age of Dinosaurs
Age of Tomorrow
Airplane vs. Volcano
Alice in Wonderland
Alien Origin
All Quiet on the Western Front
All That Heaven Allows
Almighty Thor
Alone for Christmas
American Heist
American Psycho
American Psycho II: All American Girl
American Warships
Americano
An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success
Android Cop
Animal Crackers
Apocalypse Pompeil
Arabesque
Ardennes Fury
Asteroid vs. Earth
Attila
Axis

  • B

Barbie in Pink Shoes
Barney’s Great Adventure
Basmati Blues
Battle of Los Angeles
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Bean
Beau Geste
Beau Geste (ed. yes, it’s listed twice)
Better Living Through Chemistry
Beware the Gonzo
Bird on a Wire
Blair Witch 2
Blonde Venus
Blue Crush
Blue Crush 2
Body Bags
Border River (1954)
Brewster’s Millions
Bride of Frankenstein
Bright Young Things
Broken Flowers
Bug
Bulletproof

  • C

Candy
Cape Fear
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
CarGo
Casual Sex?
Cat Run
Chaos
Charade
Children of Men
Chrismas All Over Again
Cimarron Kid
Cleopatra (1934)
Clockers
Coal Miner’s Daughter
Collaborator
Columbo: Prescription: Murder
Conception
Crackers
Crooklyn

  • D

Date and Switch
Dead Ringers
Death of a Gunfighter
Death of a Superhero
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Definitely, Maybe
Deliver Us From Eva
Destry
Detachment
Do The Right Thing
Doctor Detroit
Dog Pound
Doomsday
Down in the Valley
Dr. Cyclops
Dracula
Dracula’s Daughter
Duck Soup
Dudley Do-Right
Dune

  • E

E.T. The Extra Terrestrrial
Eastern Promises
Endgame
Essential Killing
Evan Almighty
Everything Must Go

  • F

Family Plot
Fear
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear of a Black Hat
Fire with Fire
Fletch
Fletch Lives
Flipper
For Ellen
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Frailty
Frankenstein
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman

Frenzy

  • G

Gerry
Get a Job
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Golden Winter
Gosford Park
Grimm’s Snow White
Gun for a Coward

  • H

Held Up
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hercules Reborn
Hide Your Smiling Faces
Highland Park
Hold Back The Dawn
Hold Your Breath
Holiday Inn
Horse Feathers
Horsemen
House of Dracula
House of Frankenstein
Howard The Duck
Hyena

  • I

I Know Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
I’m Not Rappaport
Idlewild
Imagining Argentina
Imitations of Life
Imitations of Life (ed. yes, listed twice)
In Good Company
It Came From Outer Space

  • J

Janie Jones
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III

  • K

Kindergarten Cop 2
King Ralph
Lady Godiva
Lady on a Train
Leap Year
Leatherface
Leaving Normal
Liar Liar
Listen Up Phillip
Little Miss Marker
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lost In Translation
Lover Come Back

  • M

Mad About Mambo
Madame Soustazka
Maladies
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
Man on the Moon
Marnie
Maximum Overdrive
McHale’s Navy
McHale’s Navy Joins The Air Force (1965)
Meet Joe Black
Meet The Parents
Mercury Rising
Mercy
Metropia
Midnight Lace (1960)
Missing
Mo’ Better Blues
Mockingbird
Monkey Business
Monsoon Wedding
Monster High: Boo-York
Monster High: Friday Night Frights
Monster High: Ghouls Rule
Moonrise Kingdom
Morocco
Mostly Ghostly 2: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House
My Favorite Blonde
My Little Eye
My Man Godfrey

  • N

Ned Kelly
Neds
Night Monster (1942)
Night Passage
One True Thing
Operation Dunkirk

  • P

Palo Alto
Parenthood
Pillow Talk
Pirate Radio
Play Misty for Me
Poor Boy’s Game
Primary Colors
Princess and the Pony
Psych: The Movie
Psycho

  • R

R.L Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls
Raggedy Man
Ransom for a Dead Man
Ray
Rear Window
Red Flag
Red Rock West
Reservation Road
Reservoir Dogs
Road to Singapore
Road to Utopia
Road to Zanzibar
Robin Hood
Rope
Rumble Fish

  • S

Saboteur
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas
Saw VI
Scarface
Schindler’s List
Serial Mom
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Shadow of a Doubt
Shanghai Express
Shelby
Shrek
Shrink
Silent Running
Slaughterhouse Five
Sleepaway Camp
Sleeping Beauty
Sleepless Night
Smoke Signals
Sneakers
Some Velvet Morning
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Son of Dracula
Son of Frankenstein
Sparrow’s Dance
Starred Up
Stella Days
Stir of Echoes
Street Fighter
Strictly Sinatra
Struck By Lightning
Summer in February
Supporting Characters

  • T

Talk Radio
Tammy and the Bachelor
Tammy and the Doctor
Tammy Tell me True (1961)
Texas Across The River
Texas Rangers Ride Again
The Air I Breathe
The Amityville Haunting
The Bachelor Weekend
The Big Ask
The Birds
The Black Dahlia
The Blair Witch Project
The Brides of Dracula
The Chalk Garden
The Cold Light of Day
The Comedy
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
The Creature Walks Among Us
The Crush
The Curse of the Werewolf
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The Debt
The Deer Hunter
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
The Eiger Sanction
The Evil of Frankenstein
The Exorcist III
The Four Seasons
The Front Page
The Ghost of Frankenstein
The Giant Mechanical Man
The Good Shepherd
The Great Imposter
The Great Waldo Pepper
The Happy Elf
The Haunting in Connecticut
The Haunting of Whaley House
The Ho-Lo Country
The High Cost of Living
The Hitcher
The House of Seven Gables
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Incredible Shrinking Woman
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Woman
The Island
The Jungle Bunch
The King
The Lady Eve
The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave
The Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends
The Last Days of Disco
The Last House on the Left
The Last Rites of Joe May
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
The Life of David Gale
The Little Engine That Could
The Littlest Angel
The Lone Ranger (1956)
The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold
The Lost Worlds: Jurassic Park
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Wasn’t There
The Mummy’s Curse
The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
The Mummy’s Hand
The Mummy’s Tomb
The Mummy: Quest for the Last Scrolls
The Paper
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie
The Plainsman
The Plainsman (twice, yes)
The Promise
The Proposition
The Rare Breed
The Redhead from Wyoming
The River
The Stand at Apache River
The Sting
The Story of Us
The Thrill of It All
The Time Being
The Triumph
The Trotsky
The Trouble with Harry
The TV Set
The Veil
The War Wagon
The Werewolf of London
The Wolfman (1941)
The Yellow Mountain
To Each His Own
Topaz
Topsy-Turvy
Torn Curtain
Tumbleweed

  • U

Untamed Frontier

  • W

W.
What Dreams May Come
What Richard Did
White Palace
Wild Style
Winchester ’73

  • Y

Yanks
You, Me and Dupree
Your Friends & Neighbors

What do you see that you would like to watch?

Alfred Hitchcock fans rejoice, lots here on PeacockTV for you. I’m also super excited to see many Universal Monsters classic movies including Abbott & Costello meeting those monsters. There is a good amount of classic movies being offered that you will not find anywhere else streaming at the moment.

What movies and TV shows listed above are you most interested in watching or rewatching?