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Universal and DreamWorks films to exclusively hit Peacock within four months of theatrical releases

Starting subsequent yr, Universal theatrical releases will head to Peacock as exclusives no later than four months after they premiere in cinemas — a transparent bid to win over subscribers who could have missed the studio’s flicks on the silver display.

The multi-year deal will see not solely Universal titles however films from DreamWorks, Illumination, and Focus Films as nicely. As half of the settlement, titles will head to Peacock for the primary four months in addition to the final four months of the standard 18-month pay-one window, the businesses introduced Tuesday. (Pay-one refers to the agreements between providers and studios for first rights to stream films and content material after their preliminary launch.)

Universal’s 2022 movie roster contains some extremely anticipated releases. A spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that each one Universal Filmed Leisure Group releases subsequent yr — together with Jurassic World: Dominion, an untitled Jordan Peele horror movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru, and Puss in Boots: The Final Want — will hit Peacock no later than four months after their cinema releases as half of the settlement.

In the course of the 10-month interval between these two home windows, the titles will head to different streaming providers. This launch mannequin will enable “a number of audiences throughout a range of streaming providers to expertise Universal’s award-winning and critically acclaimed movie slate,” the businesses mentioned. As half of the settlement, which is able to start in 2022, Universal may even produce unique releases for Peacock.

From the sounds of it, Peacock is betting massive on unique streaming rights to Universal’s anticipated 2022 roster of films to lure potential subscribers to its lately launched streaming service. Peter Levinsohn, vice chair and chief distribution officer of Universal Filmed Leisure Group, mentioned in a press release that the corporate was “excited to develop into Peacock’s first Pay-One accomplice whereas the platform continues to curate and construct an unlimited movie library that can delight its quickly rising subscriber base.”

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