You can also rent “Harry Potter” movies without a subscription through VOD retailers like Amazon.
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For fans of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise, subscription streaming options are surprisingly hard to track down.
As recently as August 2020, the series was streaming on HBO Max. The franchise then made an appearance on NBC’s Peacock in October 2020, but has since left the service. For the time being, you can watch the movies on-demand via the SyFy channel on live streaming platforms like Sling or Hulu + Live TV. That said, it’s not clear how long the movies will remain on the network.
The popular fantasy films take place in the Harry Potter Universe, where wizards and people without magical abilities (muggles) coexist. Throughout the series, viewers follow the protagonist, Harry, and his two friends, Hermione and Ron, as they progress through their formative years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along the way, Harry meets allies and enemies, hones his magic, and unlocks his destiny.
If you’re an existing fan or just someone who wants to watch the movies for the first time, we’ve detailed all the “Harry Potter” streaming options below.
How to watch every ‘Harry Potter’ movie
The “Harry Potter” movies are now available to stream through any service with access to the SyFy channel’s on-demand catalog. That said, the films tend to jump from networks like SyFy to platforms like Peacock and HBO Max on a regular basis. As such, it’s not clear how long you’ll be able watch the movies on SyFy.
The cheapest of the bunch is Sling TV’s Sling Blue plan at $35 a month. The live TV streaming service offers a total of 44 channels. On-demand titles from select networks are available as well, including the “Harry Potter” movies via SyFy’s on-demand selection.
Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV also offer the “Harry Potter” movies via SyFy’s on-demand library, but they’re more expensive than Sling TV. Plans for each service start at $65 a month, though they all offer more live channels than Sling.
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Are the ‘Harry Potter’ movies on Peacock or HBO Max?
The “Harry Potter” films have previously been available on services like HBO Max and Peacock, but the movies are not currently streaming on either of those platforms.
Due to existing streaming deals, Vulture suggests that the “Harry Potter” movies may alternate between Peacock and HBO Max regularly through 2025. As of April 2021, it’s unclear when the movies will be back on either service.
How to rent ‘Harry Potter’ movies
In addition to live TV streaming services, fans can also rent or buy every “Harry Potter” film on a per-movie-basis through digital rental services. Some of these services include Amazon, RedBox, FandangoNow, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.
Pricing for the series varies by service, but most of the movies start at $4 to rent or $15 to buy.
Peacock TV is NBC’s new streaming service, which offers thousands of hours of TV shows and movies.
If you have a Roku streaming device, you’ll be pleased to know that Peacock is available on Roku. You can stream the free version of Peacock or its paid subscription service, which offers even more content. Even the free version of Peacock offers more than 30 channels of content to choose from.
To celebrate the arrival, Peacock Premium is offering four months of service for 50% off.
The limited-time deal expires on April 9.
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Peacock is one of the cheapest streaming services available, with a free option that includes over 13,000-hours of movies and shows. If you want access to the platform’s full library, however, you’ll have to purchase a Peacock Premium plan. For a limited time, new subscribers can get four months of Peacock Premium for 50% off.
With the deal, members can lock in four months of Peacock Premium for a one-time payment of $10. The plan usually costs $5 a month, which would come out to $20 for four months. The promotion expires on April 9. After the four months are up, your subscription will renew automatically for the regular $5 monthly price, but you can cancel at any time.
The Peacock deal comes at an ideal time for wrestling fans. Starting March 18, Peacock Premium will become the new home for WWE Network content. This includes access to pay-per-view events as part of your subscription. The first WWE PPV events on Peacock will be “Fastlane” on March 21 and “WrestleMania” on April 10.
Comedies from NBC’s past are also available on Peacock Premium. Unlike the free Peacock plan that only offers the first two seasons of “The Office,” Peacock Premium lets you binge-watch every episode. There’s also a number of original shows and classic movies, including the “Harry Potter” series.
Peacock is the on-demand subscription home for NBCUniversal movies and shows, making it the only place to stream hit series like “The Office.” Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, launched free and premium versions of Peacock in July 2020.
Peacock’s rotating library is full of classic Universal movies, including franchises like “Jurassic Park” and “Fast & Furious.” The “Harry Potter” movies are also available on a rotating basis.
The service has brokered deals for new original series produced by Tina Fey and Kevin Hart, as well as rights to stream classic shows like “Law & Order” and “Will and Grace.” A new original series adapting the book “Brave New World” is also available, along with original films, like “Psych 2,” and exclusive documentaries, like Dale Earnhardt Jr’s “Lost Speedways.”
As live sporting events resume in 2021, Peacock will broadcast the Premier League and the 2021 Olympics. The service will also be the exclusive home of WWE Network shows and events starting March 18. A number of popular sports radio shows, including “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Rich Eisen Show,” and “PFT Live with Mike Florio” are streaming exclusively on Peacock, too.
With Peacock now available for everyone nationwide, we’ve broken down some of the basics, including full details on pricing, plans, content, and supported devices.
What is Peacock?
Peacock is a streaming service created by NBCUniversal with three subscription plans: Free, Premium, and Premium Plus. The platform offers a collection of TV shows, movies, and original series, along with live sports and news updates.
Content can be viewed via an on-demand library or via special streaming channels broken down by genres and franchises.
Peacock’s catalog includes a mix of new and classic NBC shows, like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Office,” and Universal films. Peacock original programs will also be offered to premium subscribers.
Peacock launched nationwide on July 15, 2020. You can sign up for a Free, Premium, or Premium Plus subscription right now through the Peacock website. Premium and Premium Plus plans both come with a free seven-day trial for new members.
Where can I watch Peacock?
Peacock’s streaming app is available on Vizio and LG smart TVs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices, Roku, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Chromecast, Xfinity, and Flex devices. The service is also available through its official website. You can browse a full list of supported devices here.
Unfortunately, Fire TV products are still missing official support for the Peacock app.
Is Peacock free?
The base version of Peacock is free, but there are commercials. Peacock promises more than 7,500 hours worth of movies and TV with the free version of Peacock, but you can get access to twice as much content by upgrading to a Peacock Premium plan.
Though Peacock Premium usually requires a subscription fee, if you’re an Xfinity X1 or Flex customer you can access Peacock Premium for free by searching for the app on your Comcast device and entering your email.
How much does Peacock Premium cost?
Peacock Premium costs $5 per month or $50 per year. However, Peacock Premium still has commercials. If you want to watch without ads, you need to upgrade to the Peacock Premium Plus ad-free plan for $10 per month or $100 per year.
The Peacock Premium catalog includes new original series, gives subscribers access to exclusive content from NBC shows, and lets you watch ongoing series, like “Saturday Night Live,” the day after they air on TV.
Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus plans both come with a free seven-day trial for new subscribers. If you already subscribe to Xfinity internet or cable you get Peacock Premium for free with your current subscription.
You can stream classic NBC shows, like “The Office,” “Law & Order,” “30 Rock,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Saturday Night Live.” Peacock Premium users can access new episodes of ongoing NBC shows the day after they air. Daily broadcasts from NBC News and MSNBC also stream on Peacock, and subscribers can access past documentaries and “Dateline” investigations.
Universal film franchises, like “Fast & Furious,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Bourne Trilogy,” are part of the rotating catalog, along with classic movies like “E.T.,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Lost in Translation.” The “Harry Potter” series is also part of Peacock’s rotating library. Peacock’s movie selection isn’t permanent, however, so some titles may be removed or added back from time to time.
Peacock Premium subscribers will also be able to watch new original shows, including a new Tina Fey-produced series called “Girls5Eva,” as well as a new comedy special and an interview show from comedian Kevin Hart .
Peacock even includes exclusive children’s content with new episodes of shows like “Curious George,” “Where’s Waldo,” and “Cleopatra in Space.” Universal kids films, like “Shrek”, “Despicable Me,” and “Trolls World Tour,” will also be part of the Peacock library.
Peacock features live sports for free, including matches from the Premier League and the PGA Tour’s US Open. “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Rich Eisen Show,”and “PFT Live with Mike Florio” also stream exclusively on Peacock. Starting March 18, wrestling fans will be able to watch WWE Network shows and PPV events as part of a Premium or Premium Plus membership.
Though the platform’s launch was meant to coincide with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the Summer Games until 2021. Instead, Peacock has offered past Olympic highlights and exclusive interviews with Olympic athletes.
“The Office” is giving NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, a boost after the show left Netflix.
But Netflix wasn’t dealt a major blow by the show’s departure.
The hit sitcom, which was consistently one of Netflix’s most popular shows until leaving for Peacock this year, generated more signups to Peacock than when the service launched nationwide in July, according to the analytics company Antenna (it had soft launched for Comcast customers in April).
The show also drove 3.9 times the signups compared to the average December weekend, according to Antenna.
Antenna pulls from a variety of opt-in panels like budgeting apps to track purchase and transaction data. The data excludes signups to Peacock’s free tier.
NBCU declined to comment.
Peacock includes the free, ad-supported tier along with two paid subscriptions tiers: the ad-supported Premium, unlocks all of Peacock’s content, and the ad-free Premium Plus. Peacock saw a 9 percentage point increase in subscriptions to the Premium Plus plan in the first two weeks of January compared to the month of December.
The chart below breaks down the data:
While this data doesn’t include Peacock’s free tier, previous Antenna data from December shed light on the make up of Peacock’s signups.
It showed that Peacock and Apple TV Plus made up just 2% combined of streaming market share in the US. Peacock had 26 million signups at the time and the data suggested the majority of those were free-tier signups since Antenna only accounted for the subscription tiers. Peacock had 33 million signups as of late January, Comcast said during its most recent earnings call.
The absence of “The Office” didn’t seem to hurt Netflix much, however, which has 200 million subscribers worldwide and 67 million in the US. US Netflix subscribers that signed up for Peacock in January showed a 4.7% increase in churn compared to those who didn’t sign up for Peacock. But less than 1% of Netflix subscribers signed up for Peacock in January, according to Antenna, so the overall churn rate wasn’t impacted much.
Unlike Netflix, Peacock is ad-supported, with the promise of 7,500 hours of free content. To access the rest of the streamable content, users have to sign up for Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month, or the $9.99 ad-free plan.