How to Get Peacock on a Smart TV

Download the app or use Chromecast or AirPlay

What to Know

  • Download the Peacock TV app on a compatible smart TV and sign up for a Peacock account if you don’t have one. 
  • You can use Chromecast to stream Peacock content to your smart TV.
  • You can also use Apple Airplay from a compatible device to stream Peacock content to your smart TV.

Peacock is the streaming service from NBC Universal, which you can access on a number of devices, including smart TVs. This article offers tips for downloading the app to your device, finding out if your TV is supported, and using Chromecast or AirPlay if the app isn't available for your TV. 

How to Download the Peacock App on A Smart TV

Accessing the Peacock TV app is similar to downloading any other apps on your smart TV, usually by searching for the app from the system’s app store and signing up for an account. If you have a Samsung smart TV or the app isn't available on your device, you can get Peacock by using a Roku or other compatible streaming device.

 The screenshots apply to supported Roku models, but these basic steps also apply more generally to downloading the Peacock app across compatible TV platforms.

  1. From the Home menu, select Search to find the Peacock App from the Roku Channel Store.

    Roku Channel Store search menu
  2. Choose the app result and select Add Channel to add it to your channel library.

    Add channel option highlighted from Peacock app on Roku TV
  3. Once it downloads, select OK and open the app by choosing Go to channel or by heading back to the Home menu.

    Highlighted OK button confirming Peacock app download on Roku TV
  4. After opening the app, press Sign Up to Watch for Free if you don’t have an account. If you’ve already subscribed, select the Sign In button on the upper right.

    Sign up button highlighted from Peacock TV app on a smart TV
  5. Enter your email and password and click Start Watching.

    Start Watching button highlighted from Peacock TV app sign-up screen

Alternatively, you can add this channel through the web browser by visiting Roku's Channel store. Search for Peacock and select Add Channel and either create an account or sign in if you’re already a Peacock subscriber.

How to Use Chromecast to Watch Peacock Content on Your Smart TV

If you’d prefer to sign up for Peacock on a mobile device or computer or you don’t have an eligible television, Chromecast offers a workaround. Follow these steps to stream content from a Chromecast or Chromecast-enabled mobile device and smart TV.

  1. Select content from the Peacock app or through the browser on your Chromecast-enabled device.

  2. Select the Chromecast icon and choose your smart TV to begin streaming.

    Chromecast icon highlighted in Google Chrome browser streaming Peacock TV

As long as your Chromecast-enabled device is a first-generation or more recent model, including TV models with built-in Chromecast or the Chromecast with Google TV, streaming to a smart TV is supported.

How to Use AirPlay to Stream Peacock TV

Another route for compatible smart TVs is AirPlay streaming from a Mac or iOS device.

Macs running macOS Mojave (10.14.5) and iOS devices operating on iOS 12.3 and later support AirPlay video streaming.

  1. Log in to your Peacock account or open the app on your device and queue up the content you want to stream.

  2. On a Mac, select the AirPlay icon in the menu bar to connect your device to a compatible smart TV.

    AirPlay icon highlighted on Mac menu bar
  3. Press Play and make any adjustments to the display from the AirPlay drop-down menu on your Mac, which is highlighted blue when turned on.

    Blue active AirPlay menu icon highlighted on Mac streaming Peacock TV to a smart TV

How to Find Out if Peacock Supports Your Smart TV

Not all smart TVs are eligible for Peacock. Peacock's website has a list of supported devices. but the list of supported TVs includes the following main categories, as of this writing: Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku smart TVs. 

  • Android TV: Supported Android TVs such as Sony Bravia as well as set-tops including NVIDIA Shield operating on Android 5.1 and newer are compatible with the Peacock app.
  • Apple TV: Fourth-generation and newer Apple TVs running tvOS 13 or higher.
  • Roku TV: Roku TVs are supported as are a range of Roku streaming devices including Roku 2 4210X, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express and Express+, and Roku Premiere and Premiere+.
  • LG Smart TV: Models with LG WebOS 3.5 and higher.

Several set-top gaming and streaming consoles such as NVIDIA SHIELD, XBox, and PlayStation are also supported. Visit the Peacock TV website for full details.

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