Samsung TV Plus is experiencing massive global expansion, providing free TV streaming services to more devices – and countries – than ever before.
10 other regions have Samsung TV Plus support on the new Samsung TVs, including India, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, India, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. This comes shortly after moving to Australia, Brazil and Mexico in late 2020, which has resulted in a significant increase in the number of countries where the service is available.
But perhaps the most obvious change is that Samsung TV Plus has arrived in the mobile phone, giving users access to a range of free TV channels on select Samsung Galaxy phones “running Android O OS or higher”.
The mobile app was technically launched in the US a few months ago, but we’re only now seeing it hit the UK, Germany, India and Canada in April.
Samsung tells us that “App users in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Austria will also be able to enjoy Samsung TV Plus experiences on mobile phone in the first half of 2021” – meaning that not everyone in those countries will have to spend much time … to wait. .
The service is limited to Samsung Galaxy phones, so you won’t find it on an old Android phone, and you definitely won’t find it on the iPhone – which makes sense considering Samsung’s competition with Apple in the smartphone space.
Samsung’s Free TV Streaming Service has always occupied an odd place in Samsung’s Tizen OS. The new Samsung TVs come with a dedicated service app, although it is also possible to simply swipe down from the TV’s home screen, with Samsung TV Plus appearing as a bookmark within the usual suite of streaming apps.
Anyone with a few subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, etc., probably wouldn’t use much for the free service, which offers very few TV channels in most countries, when it’s over 100 in major markets like the United States. States. And those who have cash for a Samsung Galaxy phone can probably afford some broadcast plans.
But for those who just want to watch something, without an unpaid barrier, the emergence of free TV streaming services can only be a good thing. Rakuten TV also offers a host of free content and channels, when combined with a great rental or purchase catalog, and more recent movies and shows. Hisense has also tried the new Vidaa Free app on Smart TVs, although it is currently pulling videos from YouTube, so we say the Samsung screen is much deeper than most.