Hit shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation are available on NBC’s Peacock, but the platform has a notoriously difficult user interface. In addition to making other announcements today, Peacock is offering a first look at its redesigned TV interface.
This week at the NewsFronts event, NBC Universal announced a number of Peacock-related announcements. This includes the company’s first foray into original filmmaking through a partnership with Lionsgate, which will result in the release of at least three films in 2023. Beginning in 2024, Peacock will be the sole streaming platform for movies from Lionsgate. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, starring Nicolas Cage, will be the first movie to be released on the site as a result of this new alliance.
In addition, the service will include next-day streaming of Bravo programs, new original programming based on the 2012 movies Ted and Pitch Perfect, and the Pete Davidson–starring sitcom Bupkis.
The revelation of a completely redesigned interface that would be added to Peacock in the future was maybe the most thrilling news. Although a particular release date wasn’t given, it appears that the upgrade will happen sooner rather than later.
This much-needed overhaul of Peacock’s user interface puts it more on step with other services like Netflix, Disney, and HBO Max. Similar to other services, Peacock’s revamp will include side-mounted navigation. Comparatively to the current UI, which positions these options at the top of the UI and makes it quite challenging to switch categories as you scroll down through the rows of material, this greatly simplifies access to various categories of content.
As The Streamable notes, Peacocks makeover will also add extra information to the upper tiers of each piece of material.
Although it is unknown where this design would debut first, it would work equally well on Apple TV, Roku, and Android/Google TV. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it in the near future. It’s unclear if the mobile app will undergo any adjustments.
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