NBC will be rolling out a new streaming service this year, Peacock, and early reviews have revealed a surprising addition to their content library! Although the system fully goes live July 15, Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex customers have access to a free preview. Videos that highlight what sorts of shows will be included have revealed that Wing Commander Academy made the list! It's right there between Will & Grace and World of Dance! NBC Universal owns the rights to the show and previously licensed the series to VEI for a 2012 DVD release. It's a steal at just $8 on Amazon, but availability can be sporadic.
While the DVD is great for collectors like us, widespread accessibility on a streaming platform has enormous potential to share this absolutely awesome series with more people - both to fans and people otherwise unfamiliar with Wing Commander. We saw a huge uptick in traffic here at the CIC when the WC Movie was carried on Netflix in 2015-2016, and we very much welcome the opportunity to bring new Wingnuts into the fold.
We also can't wait to see exactly what the episodes look like on Peacock. Is it possible that they will use their higher quality source material to make the show available in high definition for the first time? What episode descriptions will they use? Will they use the audio from LOAF's tapes to cover the audio glitch? Larry Latham's missing ten seconds from On Both Your Houses? I just spent an hour and a half on the phone with Comcast to get my account set up to watch this, so we'll let you know as soon as my Flex box arrives! Any current subscribers with X1 or Flex are also welcome to get in touch!