For those of us who don’t have a Samsung TV or mobile device, like your real one, TV Plus’s streaming services have been a mystery – until now. It turns out that Samsung launched a web version of its free ad-supported TV Plus a few months agobut just didn’t tell a lot of people about it.
According to a new report from Protocol, it seems that the web service for TV Plus was slightly launched in May. In addition to making TV Plus available to almost everyone, Samsung also updated its mobile app in July with the ability to project its streaming service onto Google Chromecast devices. Given the isolated nature of TV Plus so far, these moves represent the company’s big, albeit timid, steps into free streaming wars.
A Samsung spokesman told the TV station that TV Plus was indeed launched in Q2, but did not specify a date.
Samsung TV Plus offers free live TV and linear programming, which is called a traditional TV show. The company explains on its website that the service does not require a subscription, the introduction of new fees or a credit card request. That’s not new either. Samsung launched a service similar to what you would expect from cable TV in 2016. This gives users access to broadcast networks and TV Plus offers, Protocol recorded.
Users in the US they can access about 170 channels from a variety of genres, from news and game shows to games and reality TV, among others. There’s even a channel with South Korean dramas, called AsianCrush, which are my current bread and butter.
TV Plus is a hit among Samsung users, executives said last year, making billions of minutes watched each month. It is one of the five most commonly used applications on Samsung smart TVs and is installed on the go 50 million TVs Around the world.
Whether TV Plus will succeed with users outside of Samsung’s ecosystem is an open question. It enters a crowded space, with free competitors like Peacock, Rock Channel, Pluto and Tubi. While the TV Plus channels are striking, watching the list and considering all the other services available reminds me of how I felt when I was younger and walked into the Forever 21 store – crushed, exhausted and happy to stick to what I have.