Not only because of the Nobel prize for COBE, some readers may want to watch a 55-minute-long popular program from 2004 (analogous to The Elegant Universe) called
Origins" on NOVA. The other hours are not freely available. I don't have time to watch it but COBE appears around 19:00. They start with the Big Bang in general, microwave background, continue with COBE and WMAP, and end up with the observation of the chemical composition of (and possible life in) other galaxies.