Sky TV users will lose a major streaming app in January

Sky's owner Comcast has decided to pull the plug on the service

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Sky will soon ditch one of the streaming services it added in 2021.

Peacock will no longer be available on Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream from 9 January 2024, with the app removed and some of its shows made unavailable.

That means shows like Bell Air, Saved by the Bell and Rutherford Falls will more than likely moved into Sky's own on demand library and onto Sky channels. Some might end up in the Hayu app instead.

This will also affect Peacock content that's currently available through Now.

To be honest, if you go into the Peacock app through a Sky device today, such as the Sky Stream we use, you'll see a feeble collection of shows anyway. The trimming and transition has clearly already started.

But if you want to ensure you keep up to date on a show such as Below Deck, you'd best do so now as there's no guarantee it'll be available as part of your Sky subscription in future.

Peacock launched on Sky TV (and Now) in late 2021 as a completely free offering for Sky subscribers. That's because it's owned by NBCUniversal, which itself is owned by Comcast. And Comcast owns Sky in the UK and other regions in which it operates.

It's always been a very different offering in the UK to the US, where the streaming service is much larger. As well as NBCUniversal shows and movies, it incorporates other programming in the States, such as content from the WWE Network, including live premium events, such as Wrestlemania.

The lack of the wider range of material meant it never really gained a reputation in the UK, and it is therefore understandable that Comcast has simply decided to integrate any NBCUniversal shows into the general Sky experience going forward.

Sky TV subscribers might be dismayed over the loss of one of the main free benefits they've enjoyed over the last couple of years, but the broadcaster still offers a six-month free trial of Apple TV+, free access to Discovery+, and plenty of other bonuses through its Sky VIP programme.

Rik Henderson
News Editor

Rik is T3’s news editor, which means he looks after the news team and the up-to-the-minute coverage of all the hottest gadgets and products you’ll definitely want to read about. And, with more than 35 years of experience in tech and entertainment journalism, including editing and writing for numerous websites, magazines, and newspapers, he’s always got an eye on the next big thing.

Rik also has extensive knowledge of AV, TV streaming and smart home kit, plus just about everything to do with games since the late 80s. Prior to T3, he spent 13 years at Pocket-lint heading up its news team, and was a TV producer and presenter on such shows as Channel 4's GamesMaster, plus Sky's Games World, Game Over, and Virtual World of Sport.