NBC has a new app, maybe you’ve heard of it, or even Googled it. It’s called Peacock.
If you’re trying to watch the U.S. Open Thursday afternoon and you can’t find it, you probably feel like flipping someone the bird.
The 120th U.S. Open was on Golf Channel for six and a half hours earlier in the day and then on good old, over-the-air, free NBC for three hours but the final two hours of live golf have switched over to Peacock.
Problem is, Peacock doesn’t quite have Netflix-level penetration across the U.S. and many sports fans are probably still scrambling as this story was being typed, looking for that app. NBCUniversal reported on Sept. 15 that 15 million people have signed up. It first debuted about three months ago for Comcast and Cox subscribers.
They’re probably banking on acquiring more by using a major championship to spur sports fans to jump on board.
Good news: You can find Peacock on your computer by going here. You do need to create an account but it’s free.
Reports on Twitter are that Peacock is not on the Roku. It’s been confirmed that it’s also not on the Amazon Firestick, but, there’s a work-around for that. Just watch this youtube video to figure out how to add the app to your Firestick.
You can watch live golf on the USGA’s website here.
The USGA has tweeted a message about how to find Peacock.
Fans took to Twitter to vent:
#USOpen — You guys need to talk to NBC and realize that without an IT support desk, you cannot download the "Peacock" App on an Amazon Fire Stick. You do realize how much the cost of @GolfChannel costs a cable subscriber – only to get shut out in front of a TV. Dumb!!!
— Erik Stang (@etstang) September 17, 2020
What the hell channel is peacock on @DirecTV?
— Don Snyder (@DSnyds14) September 17, 2020
When the US Open coverage moves to something called the Peacock pic.twitter.com/4ASYtJNrIS
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) September 17, 2020
The live coverage on Peacock goes till 7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. The first two hours on the weekend (9-11 a.m. on Saturday, 8-10 a.m. on Sunday) are also on this new app.