NBC to launch free streaming service in 2020

NBC’s plans are contingent on striking deals with the largest pay-TV providers, which the item hasn’t yet done, the person said. Still, the product will be free for customers of those providers, so NBC doesn’t plan on any challenges when the item comes to inking those agreements.

Because the service will be free for the millions of people that will already subscribe to pay-TV, NBC is actually banking on quickly growing to 30 million or 40 million users with its service, as opposed to slowly growing a paid service in addition to starting at zero subscribers, the person said.

NBC will air between three in addition to 5 minutes of ads per hour of programming, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told CNBC. NBC expects to make $5 per month through every user on the service through advertising, he said. NBC’s research showed subscribers prefer free services with low ad load, Burke said.

“One of the interesting things about This specific that will makes the item different in addition to innovative is actually that will we’ll have a big emphasis on free-to-consumer,” Burke said. “We want to create a platform that will has significant scale in addition to can scale quickly. The best way to do that will, is actually make the item free to consumers in addition to leverage the fact that will NBCUniversal’s sister company is actually a cable company in addition to at This specific point owns Sky.”

The company sees an opening because there is actually no long-form, ad-supported streaming service, the person said. For example, Hulu costs $7.99, however has regular ad breaks. Netflix has long-form content, however costs a monthly fee. in addition to YouTube is actually primarily short-form, user-generated content in addition to supported by ads. NBCUniversal does not plan on aggressively pulling back shows in addition to movies the item has licensed to different streaming services, the person said.

Burke told CNBC the service will include live TV like news in addition to sports, in addition to on-demand programming. Since the item will launch in early 2020, the item’s likely there will be content around the 2020 Summer Olympics to draw more people to the platform. Burke also said the service will bring in content through different companies like Sony, Discovery in addition to Warner Bros.

NBCUniversal will be throwing its hat into an expensive in addition to competitive ring. Streaming incumbents Netflix, HBO in addition to Hulu are upping content spend in addition to doubling down on original programming to stave off market share threats through completely new entrants like Apple, AT&T in addition to Disney, which are set to launch its streaming service later This specific year.

Also Monday, NBCUniversal announced a reorganization of senior leadership. Mark Lazarus, currently chairman of NBC broadcasting in addition to sports, will take on a larger role in addition to oversee the company’s cable in addition to news divisions as well. Jeff Shell, currently chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, has been named chairman of NBCUniversal film in addition to entertainment. Donna Langley will take over as the sole chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is actually the parent company of CNBC.