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Samsung makes its free TV Plus streaming service available online

Even people who do not own Samsung devices can now enjoy the ad-supported streaming service. According to Protocol, the technology giant launched TV Plus – which was previously exclusively available on the brand’s TVs and mobile devices – for the internet in May.

It was probably a soft launch, as the publication called it, since Samsung has not yet formally announced its online version and has not yet included it in any marketing material for the streaming service. While there was zero fanfare around TV Plus’ network expansion, a representative of the company confirmed Protocol that Samsung actually launched an online version of the service in the second quarter.

Samsung launched TV Plus back in 201

6, and it has since evolved into its current cable-like free ad-supported form. It is available in 23 countries, and in the United States it gives viewers access to 140 channels that include ABC News Live and Vice. Samsung SVP Song Kim told Protocol that the company streams “billions of minutes every month”, so it is clearly quite popular with users. Its reach has so far been limited to Samsung customers, and it remains to be seen whether the availability of the online version can add a significant number of new users to the service.

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