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Got a new Samsung smart TV? Here are the best apps to download

A smart TV is only as good as the apps you download, so here are a few top choices.
May 21, 2022
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While many companies have adopted Roku, Fire TV, or Android TV for their native TV interfaces, Samsung is sticking to its guns with Tizen. That means Samsung sets are sometimes missing apps you’d find elsewhere, but if you do your homework, you can cover a reasonably full range of functions. Here are our picks for the best Samsung smart TV apps to download.

See also: The best TV apps and live TV apps for Android

The best Samsung smart TV apps:

Samsung TV Plus

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Price: Free

In a world where just about everything comes with a monthly fee, something like Samsung TV Plus is welcome. Samsung’s app offers a unique, regionally-based mix of content at no cost. United States viewers are the best off, with over 200 channels to choose from, but there are more than 500 total channels worldwide. 


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Price: $14.99 per month

You could easily substitute services like Netflix or Hulu here, but HBO Max has one of the strongest lineups in streaming. It has a great movie selection, and shows you won’t find elsewhere, such as Watchmen, Peacemaker, and A Black Lady Sketch Show. Note that there’s a cheaper $9.99 per month ad-based plan, and you may already have Max for free if you’re an HBO channel subscriber or an AT&T Fiber customer.

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Price: Free / Plex Pass for $4.99 per month

Plex is less an app than a way to amass your own media fortress. You can stream more than 250 TV channels at no cost, enjoy a selection of free movies, and access all of your PC or Mac’s video files. It’s often the cheapest way to cut the cord, but you might still consider paying $4.99 per month for Plex Pass. A subscription enables features like hardware transcoding, HDR tone mapping, and the ability to skip TV intros, but the main attraction is offline media sync with mobile devices — if you’ve every wanted to load up your tablet with movies from your personal library, this is the simplest way to do it. You can opt for annual ($39.99) or lifetime ($119.99) Plex Passes to save money.


Price: Free / Spotify Premium varies

Though other music services like Pandora and Apple Music have a footprint on Samsung TVs, Spotify is undoubtedly king. Overall, the TV app functions much like its mobile version, just adapted to a TV’s size and remote control. If you don’t want to download the app for whatever reason, you can always stream from your phone to your TV with SmartThings.

samsung smart tv apps accuweather

Price: Free / Varies

You can always check local channels for the weather, but there’s something to be said for a dedicated app like AccuWeather. AccuWeather offers forecasts, radar views, and severe weather alerts for free, at least if you live in a large city. If you find yourself in a rural area, you may have to pay a small fee for full access. You can also save multiple locations, and access the app in 12 languages.

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Price: Free

PC gaming is great, thanks in no small part to Steam’s extensive library, but what if you want to take the action to the big screen? Steam Link allows you to do just that, and it doesn’t cost a dime. The games aren’t necessarily free, of course, but you probably already have a few favorite titles in your library. You’ll also want a compatible Xbox, PlayStation, or Steam controller, as well as the fastest possible network connection between your TV, router, and computer.

See also: The best games on Steam


best vudu free movies

Price: Varies

Movies often take a while to get to your favorite subscription services if they make it all, so rentals and purchases can be sometimes be necessary. Fandango’s Vudu is one of the best places to hunt for new releases, and it offers some free content to boot through a limited quantity of ad-supported movies and TV shows.

See also: The best free Vudu movies

Echelon FitPass

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Price:  $11.99 per month plus equipment

Echelon’s FitPass provides access to tons of studio classes and diverse workouts, typically ranging in length from 10 to 45 minutes. While the company is mostly interested in getting you to buy its fitness machines, categories like strength, kickboxing, yoga, and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) let you use your own personal equipment or none at all. 

See also: The best workout apps for Android

Samsung SmartThings

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Price: Free

This one is a must-have and probably already downloaded, since  SmartThings is Samsung’s smart home platform. The app is generally meant to link together the company’s own products, but you can also connect accessories from companies like Ring, Ecobee, and Arlo, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls.

tubi new

Price: Free

Tubi is an entirely free way to tap into movies and TV shows, as long you’re willing to put up with ads and sort through a sea of mediocre titles to find the gems. Indeed you’ll sometimes find movies on Tubi that are hard to find elsewhere, like (as of this writing) Dario Argento’s original Suspiria. It’s worth keeping in handy for those obscure movies that make it to your JustWatch list.


ted talks app

Price: Free

The TED app offers curated talks by some of the world’s smartest people. It’s a completely free experience, and you can dive into playlists to see some of the best TED talks of all time. There are currently more than 1,100 videos available.