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What you need to know

  • Peacock is getting into the exclusive release game.
  • New films from Universal, Dreamworks, Illumination, and Focus Films will be exclusive to the platform.
  • They will be available within four months of their theatrical release.

Peacock is looking to boost its subscribers by becoming the first place new films land after their theatrical release.

As reported by The Verge, films from both Universal, Dreamworks, Illumination, and Focus Films will come exclusively to NBC's streaming service within four months of their theatrical releases.

The multi-year deal will see not only Universal titles but films from DreamWorks, Illumination, and Focus Films as well. As part of the agreement, titles will head to Peacock for the first four months as well as the last four months of the traditional 18-month pay-one window, the companies announced Tuesday. (Pay-one refers to the agreements between services and studios for first rights to stream films and content after their initial release.)

According to the report, all of Universal's 2022 releases, including 'Jurassic World: Dominion', a new Jordan Peele horror film, 'Minions: The Rise of Gru', and 'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish', will be exclusively accessible on the streaming service. Universal is also set to produce exclusive content for Peacock starting that year.

Peter Levinsohn, vice chair and chief distribution officer of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, says that the company is "excited to become Peacock's first Pay-One partner while the platform continues to curate and build a vast film library that will delight its rapidly growing subscriber base."

The deal marks yet another major connection between traditional Hollywood and streaming services. Apple TV+, which also competes with Peacock, has opted to produce its own original content rather than offering content from other studios. The company has a slew of releases coming through the end of 2021 and into 2022.

If you want to enjoy Peacock and Apple TV+ in the best quality possible, check out our list of the Best Apple TV 2021.

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