If you’re a fan of 30 Rock, The Office or SNL, then you should know about Peacock, NBC’s streaming service that’s only available in the US.
Though Peacock will eventually come to the UK, it’s still a while off until release. If you’d like to know how to watch it quicker, then we’ve rounded up everything you need to know for accessing this platform in the UK. We also have a list of the best VPNs for NBC Peacock if you’d like to know your options.
How to watch Peacock in the UK using a VPN
Whilst it’s not impossible to get access to Peacock in the UK, it is quite difficult. You’ll need a good VPN, either an iPhone or Android device and a PayPal account.
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose your VPN. There’s lots of options out there, but our top recommendations are NordVPN, Surfshark and ExpressVPN – all offer competitive pricing, good performance and a decent range of servers.
VPNs (virtual private networks) reroute your IP address, so you can browse the internet as if you’re based in another country. For streaming Peacock, this would be the US.
You can take a look at further recommendations in our list of the best VPNs for streaming.
How to register your payment details on Peacock US
We successfully managed to create a Peacock Premium account using an Android phone and ExpressVPN
Here’s what you need to do once you’ve downloaded your VPN on your mobile device:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that’s tied to the US
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store – download and install the Peacock app
- If you don’t have access to the US app store, sign into your VPN on your PC and send the app to your phone via the web
- Tap ‘skip’ if the app store asks you to add payment information to your account
- Create a new account in the Peacock with your new email address and a password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
During testing, I noticed that the Play Store did not change to the US version, even when creating a new account.
The way I got round this was by connecting to a VPN on my PC, signing into the Google Play Store US website, searching for the Peacock app and sending it to my phone (which was still connected to the VPN).
We have had reports of people not being able to install US streaming apps such as HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details within the app store, and doesn’t accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
If this happens to you, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card – which can be added as a US payment option.
This can be bought from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available – you’ll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details.
If you set your email address as the recipient, the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. When you come to add the payment information, select ‘redeem gift card or code’, and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for a Peacock account and you should be able to change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
You can use this method to watch Halloween Kills when it releases.
When will Peacock come to the UK?
NBC has signed a deal with Sky which will allow the service to be distributed to Sky customers. We don’t know yet whether this will be an additional add-on channel, or whether it will come to some customers free of charge.
Either way, no announcements have been made on when Peacock will come to Sky. It will most likely definitely be after the service rolls out to all US customers – we’re hoping for this year. However, it may all depend on what shows are currently owned by rival streaming platforms.