Days of Our Lives has been airing on NBC for the better part of five decades. With viewers cutting the cable cord, the network is making it easier than ever for fans to watch the show online. For FREE! Find out how.
Is the Hourglass Running Out on DOOL?
“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.” That phrase at the beginning of each episode is as iconic as the hourglass for DOOL fans. However, in recent years, the hourglass seemed to get closer and closer to running out. In late 2019, media outlets ran with the story that the cast was let go from their contracts as the show went dark.
It turned out that media hype was much ado about nothing. Camila Banus, who plays villain Gabi Hernandez, revealed that it was normal for the show to take a long holiday hiatus.
Then the pandemic hit, causing production on all shows – daytime and primetime – to come to a screeching halt. But by September of the same year, DOOL resumed production.
There was a pause in negotiations between the show and the network earlier this year that caused concern again. However, Variety reports that the NBC soap was renewed for Seasons 57 and 58. Days of Our Lives is currently in Season 56. So, fans can expect at least two more years of the soap, if not more.
How to Stream Days of Our Lives Same-Day Episodes FREE
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on broadcast TV on NBC. Times vary depending on location. The show is also available to stream the next day on NBC.com or the NBC app. But now DOOL fans will be able to watch each episode on the same day it airs for FREE. How?
The official NBC Twitter account dropped the surprising announcement on Twitter on June 29. Starting on Tuesday, July 6, same-day episodes will be available to stream on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock TV. The streaming service offers different content depending on the pay tier.
However, same-day DOOL episodes will be available for FREE. All you need is an email address to sign up for a Peacock TV account. The catch is that episodes won’t show up on the streaming service until after it has aired on broadcast TV. The same-day episodes will drop after 8 p.m. ET.
But what about those who stream it on NBC.com or the app?
Fans Confused Over Announcement – Moving to Streaming-Only?
Many fans rejoiced at the announcement. But others were confused. Many people stream episodes on NBC.com or the NBC app the next day. Will the episodes still be available on those options?
Sadly, it sounds like no. As NBC’s announcement states, Days of Our Lives episodes will stream exclusively on Peacock. Could the network be planning on moving DOOL off broadcast TV and onto the streaming service permanently? Anything is possible, but fans hope not.
After all, streaming soaps don’t seem to last long. Moving to broadcast TV to online-only was the kiss of death for two ABC shows. All My Children and One Life to Live were both canceled by ABC and picked up by an online production company. Each soap only lasted one season as an online-only soap. However, streaming is much more popular now than it was in the early 2010s.
Will you stream Days of Our Lives same-day episodes on Peacock TV? Or do you prefer to watch it when it airs on NBC? Let us know in the comments below.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. And starting next week, same-day episodes will stream on Peacock TV.