The free, ad-supported streaming (FAST) service was first introduced in 2015 and preinstalled on Samsung TVs. It also houses a vast collection of channels, where viewers can watch shows such as Top Gear, Law & Order, NCIS, and Chicago Fire. It also includes regional and national news and Samsung channels, like Ride or Drive and The Movie Hub.
Instead of licensing channels to other TV makers, the company is offering the TV Plus app as one package to third-party TV manufacturers.
Samsung has long been expanding the reach of TV Plus, making it available on Galaxy devices and creating a free web version.
Other TV manufacturers such as TCL, LG and Vizio also house their own streaming apps, competing with FAST services such as Paramount’s Pluto TV, NBC’s Peacock, Fox’s Tubi, and Roku.
Despite the possibility that Samsung’s TV Plus will become one of the free-floating apps, its success and whether or not manufacturers will adopt the service on their TVs are yet to be determined.
Currently, Samsung’s TV Plus has an estimated 1,600 channels across 24 countries and 220 in the US.