Samsung is adding programming to TV Plus, its free, ad-supported streaming bundle incorporated into Samsung devices and online. The update adds Top Gear, L&O:SVU, NCIS, and Chicago Fire.
In addition to new series, TV Plus is gaining two exclusive Samsung-owned channels: Ride or Drive and Samsung Showcase. It’s also launching Home.Made.Nation with A&E.
Samsung currently provides local and national news channels including ABC News Live, CBS News, NBC News Now, and more. The company wants to expand local news and weather services to additional parts of the US. It intends to treble its video-on-demand collection by 2023 with “new and expanded partnerships” with Lionsgate, Vice Media, and others.
Samsung TV Plus was debuted in 2015. The service is implemented on 2016 and later TVs, Galaxy smartphones, and some Family Hub refrigerators. The Company introduced TV Plus on the web last year, making its free channels accessible to anybody. Therefore, Company provides 220 US channels and 1,600 channels in 24 countries.
Samsung said TV Plus users streamed 3 billion hours in the last year. The total free ad-supported TV (FAST) streaming business, which includes Paramount’s Pluto TV, NBC’s Peacock, Fox’s Tubi, Amazon Freevee (previously IMDb Freedive and IMDb TV), Roku, and Comcast’s Xumo, has been on the increase. 18% of US homes use a FAST service, up from 9% a year ago, according to a Kantar research.
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