Samsung is adding more material to TV Plus, its online and integrated into a variety of Samsung devices’ free, ad-supported streaming service. Numerous new features, including Top Gear, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, NCIS, and Chicago Fire, are included in the upgrade.
Along with the new shows, TV Plus will also have access to two unique Samsung-owned channels: Samsung Showcase and Ride or Drive, which are both geared toward “concerts, events, and special events.” It has teamed up with A&E to introduce Home.Made.Nation, a new channel devoted to home improvement.
Samsung already offers several local and national news channels, including ABC News Live, CBS News, NBC News Now and more, but Samsung said it plans to expand local news and weather coverage to more parts of the US. It wants to double its video-on-demand library in 2023 by leveraging “new and expanded partnerships” with Lionsgate, Vice Media, and more.
First launched in 2015, the Samsung TV Plus has been around for a long time now. The service is installed on TVs released in 2016 or later, select Galaxy devices, and select Family Hub refrigerator models. Additionally, Samsung released TV Plus on the internet last year, allowing anybody without a Samsung device to access its free channels. Samsung now provides 220 channels in the US and a total of 1,600 channels spread across 24 nations.
Samsung claims that TV Plus has seen a 100 percent growth in consumer viewing over the past 12 months, with viewers streaming 3 billion hours worldwide. The entire free ad-supported TV (fast) streaming industry is booming, with competitors such as Paramount’s Pluto TV, NBC’s Peacock, Fox’s Tubi, Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb Freedive and IMDb TV), Roku, and Comcast’s Xumo. Well, filling the void for those who don’t own a linear TV but don’t want to pay for a streaming service. In January, a report from data analytics group Kantar revealed that 18 percent of households in the US now use faster service, a figure that has doubled year over year.