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'Nope' Won't Be Streaming Online Anytime Soon, Sorry

Nope hit theaters -- and only theaters -- last month, and its streaming release date is still unknown. Here are all the clues about when it could be.

Daniel Kaluuya, in Nope, rides horseback with a dusty desert swirling behind him.
Daniel Kaluuya stars in Nope. 
Universal Pictures

Nope, director Jordan Peele's latest movie, hit US theaters last month. But any fans who want to watch it at home should prepare to wait a while before it's available online to stream on a subscription service.

Last year, an unprecedented number of new theatrical movies streamed online the same day they hit cinemas. But this year, as COVID-19 restrictions have eased and audiences have returned to cinemas, the practice has nearly vanished -- especially for flicks with summer blockbuster ambitions. Pretty much all movies now get at least a month and a half in theaters exclusively, but these timeframes are all over the map. 

What service will stream Nope first?

Nope is expected to stream on Peacock first. Peele's Monkeypaw production company has a deal with Universal Pictures, and the film is being distributed in the US by Universal. Peacock and Universal are owned by the same parent company, and Peacock's arrangement is to be the first place to stream Universal-distributed movies. 

When is Nope's streaming release date? 

Peacock and Universal haven't confirmed the streaming release date for the movie Nope yet, but here's what to know: 

  • Generally, the film should start streaming on Peacock sometime between Sept. 5 and Nov. 18. Peacock can start streaming theatrical movies like Nope 45 days after theatrical release but no later than 120 days. So if Nope were to hit Peacock exactly after that 45-day period, then it would become available to stream there on Sept. 5. If the movie waits until its 120th day of release, it'll be on Peacock on Nov. 18. 
  • Universal's other big summer movies don't provide much precedent to go on, unfortunately: Jurassic World Dominion and Minions: The Rise of Gru are the two biggest blockbusters the company has distributed so far this year, but neither has confirmed streaming release dates on Peacock yet. Jurassic World Dominion, which came out June 10, has crossed its 45th day in theaters, without any word about when it'll stream. As for Rise of Gru, which came out a month later, its streaming date is likewise a mystery.
  • Streaming release dates are unpredictable! The next movie from Peele's Monkeypaw production company (called Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul) is going to be streaming on Peacock the same day it hits theaters, Sept. 2. Since Nope is already set be exclusively in theaters at first, that same-day streaming release isn't in the cards. But wildcards like Honk for Jesus don't help predictability.

Will Nope be free to stream on Peacock? 

Highly unlikely. Peacock routinely puts movies like Nope behind its paywall. 

If you don't already have a premium Peacock subscription, you'll need to sign up for a $5-a-month or a $10-a-month premium tier if you want to watch the film or any of Peacock's other paywalled programming (like YellowstonePremier League matchesWWE, The Office and other popular stuff.)

Peacock has some deals that could reduce -- or even eliminate -- your cost of being a premium member.  

But the movie is expected to be available to paying Peacock premium subscribers without any additional fee. So if you're already a premium subscriber to Peacock, then you'll be able to stream it just like anything else on the service.