If you’re a fan of the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives and rely on your daily dose of Salem drama, there’s big news for you. The show is making a major shift and moving exclusively to Peacock, the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service. This move, starting from September 12, marks the end of its 57-year run on broadcast television. You might be feeling shocked or confused, and you’re not alone – even the cast members had mixed reactions to the news.
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When Does Days of Our Lives Move to Peacock? And Why Is It Leaving Broadcast TV?
Starting today, Monday, September 12, 2022, Days of Our Lives will no longer be available on NBC broadcast television. Instead, it will be joining the impressive library of content on Peacock. Along with the existing episodes from Seasons 56 and 57, new episodes will be released weekly. However, please note that the seven episodes from Season 56 will expire within the next 8 days.
According to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, one of the reasons for this exclusive move to streaming is the show’s popularity on Peacock. Lazarus stated, “With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already engaged digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network’s daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”
In addition to the extensive collection of over 14,000 episodes of Days of Our Lives, Peacock also hosts two original spinoffs: Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.
How Can You Watch Days of Our Lives on Peacock? Do You Need Peacock Premium?
To watch the latest episodes of Days of Our Lives on Peacock, you’ll need to be a subscriber of either Peacock Premium or Premium Plus. If you currently have a free Peacock account, you won’t have access to the new episodes. Normally, the Peacock Premium plan costs $4.99 per month, but they are running a limited-time offer allowing subscribers to save 60%. This offer, ending on September 30, 2022, enables you to pay only $1.99 per month for 12 months or $19.99 per year for a Premium plan. With Peacock Premium, you’ll enjoy not only Days of Our Lives but also exclusive Peacock originals, live sports and events, and over 80,000 hours of entertainment.
Alternatively, you can choose the Premium Plus plan, which offers all the benefits of Premium without ads. Additionally, you can download select titles and watch them offline. The Premium Plus plan costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
To create a Peacock account, visit PeacockTV.com or download the Peacock app on any compatible device such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or smart TVs. If you’re uncertain about whether your cable provider includes Peacock Premium or if you can add it to your current service, check with your provider directly.
And if you’d rather hear about your Peacock viewing options from Greg Vaughan, who plays Eric Brady on the show, we’ve got you covered:
What Time Do New Episodes of Days of Our Lives Stream on Peacock?
While Days of Our Lives used to air on NBC from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays, the show will be available much earlier on Peacock. Starting from September 12, once you have your Peacock Premium account set up, you can stream new episodes of Days of Our Lives from 6:00 a.m. ET/3:00 a.m. PT onwards. The network TV slot previously occupied by the soap opera will now feature the hourlong show NBC News Daily.
So, ensure that Days of Our Lives remains an integral part of your life by making the shift to Peacock and catching all the latest episodes and exciting storylines. For more information about Peacock or to sign up, visit 5 WS and embark on your Salem drama journey today.