Peacock launched in July 2020, though without The Office, which remains on Netflix until the end of 2020, or the 2020 Summer Olympics, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those key omissions were part of the reason IGN’s David Griffin gave Peacock a 6 out of 10 in his review, saying, “There’s little doubt that most, if not all of these technical and interface shortcomings will be fixed in future updates, but it’s still disappointing to see a prestigious company like NBCUniversal fail to provide some of the basic features we’ve come to expect from a modern-day streaming platform at launch.”
Though to be fair, Peacock was hardly the only new streaming service to struggle in 2020. Quibi has already shut down completely, and HBO Max has seen sluggish growth in its first year. However, the recent news that many 2021 Warner Bros. films will debut on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously should give that particular service a boost. On the other hand, that surprise move has already drawn the wrath of directors and theater chains alike, with Christopher Nolan slamming HBO Max as “the worst streaming service.”In other The Office news, Netflix recently made the call to edit a episode, removing a controversial blackface scene from Season 9’s “Dwight’s Christmas.” That edit has the support of creator Greg Daniels and is expected to carry over to Peacock’s library.
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