For those of us who do not have a Samsung TV or mobile device, like yours truly, the offerings of the company’s TV Plus streaming service have been a mystery – until now. It turns out that Samsung launched an online version of its free, ad-supported TV Plus a few months ago, but just did not tell many people about it.
According to a new report in Protocol, it appears that TV Plus’s online service was launched in May. In addition to making TV Plus available to almost everyone, Samsung also updated its mobile app with the ability to project the streaming service to Google Chromecast devices in July. Given the isolated character of TV Plus to date, these moves represent the company’s major, though frightening, into the free streaming wars.
A spokesman for Samsung told the outlet that TV Plus had actually launched in the second quarter, but did not specify a date.
Samsung TV Plus offers free live TV and linear programming. which is what traditional scheduled television is referred to as. The company explains on its website that the service does not require a subscription, introduce new fees or request a credit card. It’s not exactly new either. Samsung launched the service, which is similar to what you expect from cable TV, in 2016. This gives users access to broadcast networks and TV Plus offers, Minutes noted.
Users in the United States can access around 170 channels from a variety of genres, from news and game shows to games and reality TV, among others. There’s even a channel of South Korean dramas, called AsianCrush, which is my current bread and butter.
TV Plus has been a hit among Samsung users, said leaders last yearand amounted to billions of minutes watched each month. It is one of the five most used apps on Samsung’s smart TVs and has been installed on almost 50 million TVs worldwide.
Whether TV Plus will succeed with users outside Samsung’s ecosystem is an open question. It enters a crowded room, with free competitors such as Peacock, Roku Channel, Pluto TV and Tubi. While the TV Plus channels are eye-catching, it reminds me of how I felt when I was younger and walked into a Forever 21 store – overwhelmed, exhausted and happy to stick with what I see on the listing and consider all the available the services. have.