Samsung TV Plus, the app that homes lots of of free channels, might finally make its approach to different, non-Samsung TVs. That’s based on media tech reporter Janko Roettgers, who writes in his Lowpass newsletter that Samsung’s in talks to carry its streaming app to TCL TVs.
Launched in 2015, Samsung TV Plus is a free, ad-supported streaming (FAST) service that comes preinstalled on newer Samsung TVs. The service provides viewers a approach to flip via a group of channels, very like you’d with a conventional TV service.
Samsung TV Plus has a fairly sturdy slate of content material for a free app, with Samsung adding popular shows like Top Gear, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, NCIS, and Chicago Hearth final August. It additionally provides a variety of native and nationwide information channels, together with Samsung-made channels, reminiscent of Experience or Drive and The Film Hub. TV Plus presently has round 1,600 channels cut up throughout 24 completely different international locations, together with 220 channels within the US.
It feels like Samsung desires to make its TV Plus service a free-floating app
Whereas the corporate has floated the thought of licensing particular person channels to different TV makers, a supply tells Roettgers that these talks “don’t appear to have gone anyplace.” Due to that, Samsung has as a substitute switched gears to providing the complete TV Plus app to third-party producers. Over time, Samsung has been increasing the attain of TV Plus, and made the service available on Galaxy devices, the web, and even on select Family Hub refrigerator models.
Different TV producers, together with TCL, LG, and Vizio, have free streaming apps of their very own, which additionally compete with providers that aren’t tethered to particular TVs, together with Paramount’s Pluto TV, NBC’s Peacock, Fox’s Tubi, Roku, and Amazon Freevee. It seems to be like Samsung desires to make its TV Plus service a free-floating app as nicely, nevertheless it’s unclear if different producers will need the app on their TVs — or if the app would even achieve success.
As Roettgers factors out, “the success of FAST providers is intently tied to the extent of promotion they obtain on the platform stage,” reminiscent of its inclusion within the TV’s interface, or as a button on its distant. The Verge reached out to Samsung with a request for remark however didn’t instantly hear again.
In August, Samsung said TV Plus saw a 100 percent growth in client viewing over the previous yr, and that viewers streamed 3 billion hours globally. In the meantime, a report from Deadline attests to the expansion of the FAST market as a complete, as information the outlet obtained from S&P Market Intelligence signifies that the FAST market within the US was anticipated to usher in about $4 billion in income final yr, and will hit practically $9 billion by 2026.
Whereas I don’t have a Samsung TV myself, I’ve to say I benefit from the varied free content material I get to surf via on LG Channels. For me, it’s lots much less formidable to flick via channels and finally decide on what I need to watch, reasonably than having to flick through the lots of of exhibits specified by entrance of me on Netflix or Hulu.