Samsung TV Plus is a TV streaming service that lets Samsung’s smart TV owners watch live TV channels for free. Originally, the service was exclusive to Samsung’s smart TVs, but that changed last year when the South Korean electronics giant brought it to mobile phones and tablets. Samsung also expanded its service to several markets, including India, earlier this year. But one obstacle was left: you must own a Samsung smartphone or a Galaxy smartphone to access this free TV streaming service. But that is no longer the case.
Samsung TV Plus is now open to everyone through the web interface, Protocol reports. However, this is a bit old news. Samsung actually launched the online version of TV Plus in May, but it flew under the radar because the company had no formal announcement to go with it. Samsung confirmed to Protocol that they actually launched the online version of TV Plus in the second quarter of 2021
What this means is that users in select countries can now access Samsung TV Plus, whether they own a Samsung device or not. Anyone with a web browser can now go to samsungtvplus.com and start streaming live TV channels over the internet. The service is completely free (ad-supported), and many channels can be streamed right away without logging in or creating a Samsung account.
The web interface does not appear to be available in each country where Samsung TV Plus is offered. For example, it is not available in India yet. Samsung also added the ability to throw videos to Google Chromecast-enabled devices into its mobile app earlier this month.
The service offers more than 140 channels in the United States, including CBS News, Vice, ABC News Live, PBS Kids, Bloomberg TV +, Vevo, USA Today and more.
Samsung TV Plus has been a success among Samsung’s smart TV owners. Samsung says the service is currently installed on more than 50 million smart TVs worldwide and streams “billions of minutes every month.”
Expansion of Samsung TV Plus outside Samsung’s ecosystem will put the service in direct competition with other similar streaming services such as Peacock and Roku Channel.