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Samsung TV Plus: Everything about the free streaming service
Samsung sells more televisions than any other company in the world at the moment. As a result, there are a lot of eyeballs checking out streaming content on those TVs. A few years ago, the company decided to launch Samsung TV Plus, a free streaming service for its TVs, smartphones, and tablets. However, it looks like Samsung may be trying to expand the service beyond its own products.
In this article, we will take a look at Samsung TV Plus, along with how you can access it, even if you don’t own a Samsung device.
What is Samsung TV Plus?
Samsung TV Plus is a streaming service with over 220 “channels” of content to watch in the US. This allows Samsung smart TV owners, along with its smartphone and tablet customers, a way to be entertained or informed for free. It first launched in 2015 as a video rental service for Samsung TVs in the US. Later it changed its business model to its current ad-supported streaming video service.
Samsung TV Plus is in the top five of the most popular apps on Samsung smart TVs.
In an article for Protocol in September 2020, Samsung Electronics SVP Sang Kim stated that Samsung TV Plus was one of the five most-used apps on the company’s smart TVs and one of the top two most used free streaming apps. Since then, the company has not offered any more info on its user numbers. Samsung TV Plus launched for Samsung’s mobile devices in 2020 and on the web in 2021. There’s no word on it it will expand to more platforms.
Samsung TV Plus is, of course, available primarily for the company’s smart TVs. You can find the app on Samsung’s televisions that were made in 2016 and beyond. The mobile app is available just for Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets. You can download it on the Google Play Store or Samsung’s in-house Galaxy Store.
In May 2021, a web version of the service was launched at SamsungTvPlus.com. This allows any PC or mobile device with a browser to access it without downloading an app. Later in 2022 the service will be available on some of Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator screens in the US and South Korea.
Where is it available?
Samsung TV Plus is currently available in 24 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Keep in mind that the web version is only available, at least for now, in the US. Also, the selection of channels on the service differs from country to country.
Features and user interface
Samsung TV Plus is organized like a cable or satellite TV guide. There are channels you can browse through, with many categories. These channels are streaming content 24/7, again like a broadcast or cable service. The categories include news (including live streams), movies, TV shows, documentaries, sports, music, etc.
You can also access the most recent channels you have viewed in the interface and label your favorite channels to quickly access them without the need for any browsing. You can add specific shows and movies to a watch list and set up reminders for when they are available.
In addition to the channels, there are many movies and TV shows you can stream and watch on-demand. In 2023, the company plans to add much more on-demand content to Samsung TV Plus from studios like Lionsgate, Vice and more.
Samsung TV Plus channels
As we mentioned, the number of channels on your Samsung TV Plus app will probably be different depending on where you live. For this article, we are concentrating on the US, which has well over 100 channels to browse and stream.
Some of those channels include:
- CBS News — A livestream of 24/7 news from the CBS network.
- Baywatch — Binge-watch the campy lifeguard drama.
- Shout Factory TV — It’s your home for cult classic movies and TV, including Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- TNA Impact Wrestling — Watch the pro wrestlers battle in the ring on this 24/7 channel.
- Court TV Live — Get inside the courtroom to watch live legal proceedings.
- Bon Appetit — Learning about cooking from some of the world’s best chefs.
- Antiques Roadshow — People learn whether or not their favorite antiques are worth big money or not.
- Classic Doctor Who — Watch selected episodes from the first 26 years of the BBC sci-fi series.
- Top Gear — BBC’s long running car show can be watched on the service.
- Law & Order Special Victims Unit – Watch over 20 years of episodes of this classic crime series.
Samsung is also launching channels with its own exclusive content in 2022, including the car-based channel Ride or Drive and Samsung Showcase, which will feature exclusive specials, concerts, and more.
Samsung TV Plus Alternatives
If you own a Samsung smart TV or mobile device, you actually have many more free streaming services you can check out.
Pluto TV is perhaps the best of the free streaming services that use a channel guide format. It has a lot more content than Samsung TV Plus, including content that’s currently not available on any other free service.
Tubi TV is the home for live streaming news, with over 80 different local news stations around the nation that can be accessed on its channel guide. You can also watch lots of great movies and TV shows on demand. There’s also a small but growing number of original TV shows and movies to watch.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has a channel guide with access to NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC News programs, along with sports talk shows and much more. For $4.99 a month, you can access even more movies and shows on demand. You can also pay $9.99 a month to enjoy the service ad-free, which is something not available on Samsung TV Plus.
The service does offer some channels that stream in 4K resolution. However, you will need a Samsung smart TV that supports 4K streaming to get the full effect.
Yes, you will see ads on the service, either by watching its live streaming channels or by watching on-demand movies and shows.
Unfortunately, Samsung TV Plus is strictly an internet-only service for now.
At the moment, the only way to access the service without a Samsung device is via the web. The Android app will not work on non-Samsung smartphones or tablets. It’s possible that the company could expand the service’s platform reach in the future.
Samsung does have plans to offer exclusive shows and specials on the service in the future.