Samsung TV Plus: the free TV streaming service explained

Samsung TV Plus offers TV for free

 

Curious about Samsung TV Plus? If you’ve just bought a new Samsung TV, are seriously considering it, or are just now exploring every inch of your smart TV interface, you might be wondering what this free (yes, free) content service is all about.

 

Samsung TV Plus is designed as a free (albeit ad-supported) content platform, offering a unique and widely varied mix of TV channels depending on your region (the US gets 115, for instance, while those of you in the UK get a more modest 49).  Australia has around 200 channels

 

Don’t fancy subscribing to Netflix or Disney Plus right after shelling out for a new TV? Samsung TV Plus lets you watch its ad-supported channels for free instead.

If you’ve come across Samsung TV Plus before, and didn’t think there was much on it for you, that might have changed in the past few months. There are now over twice as many TV channels (518) worldwide, and double the number of Samsung TVs supporting the app since last year.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Samsung TV Plus? A free, ad-supported content service, available on Samsung TVs and (if you’re in the US) your web browser. Despite similar naming conventions, it is not a paid subscription service in the vein of Disney Plus or Apple TV Plus
  • When did it launch? Samsung TV Plus was created in 2015
  • How many Samsung TV Plus channels are there? Varies between regions (more on this below)
  • Can I remove Samsung TV Plus? You can’t delete the entire app from your Samsung TV, though you can remove individual channels within the app for a cleaner interface
  • Is Samsung TV Plus free? You betcha. Save those coins for a new soundbar or something
  • Is Samsung TV Plus the same as Rakuten TV? No. The TV Plus app does include some Rakuten TV channels, though.

Samsung TV Plus app: where is it available?

Samsung TV Plus is now available in a total of 23 countries worldwide, after doubling the number of regions in an early 2021 expansion. That means you can now find it in  the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Thailand, and Korea (where it initially launched), as well as new additions of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden.

 

If your region isn’t included in that list, you can’t access Samsung TV Plus. Sorry! Given the gradual expansion of the service, though, we would expect new territories to be included in the coming years – and Samsung tells us that more European countries will get the service in 2021.

You can find the Samsung TV Plus app by turning on the television and heading to the Samsung TV Plus icon on the home screen – it should be on the far left, in a fixed position rather than mixed with the third-party apps.

WHAT CHANNELS CAN I WATCH ON SAMSUNG TV PLUS IN AUSTRALIA?

Below are some of the free channels available on Samsung TV Plus in Australia:

https://www.samsung.com/au/tvs/smart-tv/samsung-tv-plus/all-channels/

  • BLOOMBERG TV+
  • DUST ANTHOLOGY
  • MADE IN HOLLYWOOD
  • FAILARMY
  • PET COLLECTIVE
  • PEOPLE ARE AWESOME
  • WEATHER SPY
  • BOUNTY +
  • THE ASYLUM
  • FUEL TV
  • INSIGHT TV
  • INTROUBLE
  • INWONDER
  • INWILD
  • MAVTV (MOTORSPORTS NETWORK)
  • QWEST MIX
  • QWEST JASS & BEYOND
  • QWEST CLASSICAL
  • STINGRAY KARAOKE
  • TASTEMADE
  • REAL STORIES
  • TIMELINE
  • WONDER
  • TRAVELXP
  • GUSTO TV
  • HORSE AND COUNTRY
  • NATURESCAPE (STINGRAY)
  • VENN
  • DRYBAR COMEDY
  • RYAN AND FRIENDS

 

IS SAMSUNG TV PLUS FREE?

The channels are free to watch, there is no app to download, it’s almost like tuning into our own channels 7, 9 or 10 etc.

While the content is free to watch, there are advertisements within the channels during the broadcast and we’ve already seen some local Aussie ads appear this morning, including one for Koala Mattresses.

Some of the channels appear to be a live playlist of content you might normally find on YouTube or other online services.

Which TVs support Samsung TV Plus?

Your Samsung TV (from 2017 Smart TVs) comes with Samsung TV Plus –Samsung’s free ad-supported Smart TV video service delivers instant access to news, sports, entertainment, and more. No download, additional device, or credit card needed. All you need is an internet connection.

Samsung TV Plus is 100% free, no strings attached. No subscription, no new fees, no credit card, no sign up, no download, or additional devices required, just free TV.

Samsung TV Plus delivers free TV content for everyone: users looking to break free from subscription TV, content bingers who are in it for the long haul, foodies, globe-trotters, sport addicts, gamers, news buffs, and more.

Samsung TV Plus is easy to get to. Here are your options:

  • Turn on your TV and Navigate to Samsung TV plus to start watching. Samsung TV Plus automatically starts playing so that you can instantly start watching.
  • Navigate to Samsung TV Plus by using the app bar located at the bottom of your TV screen. Simply click on the Samsung TV Plus app to enter the experience.

Don’t see something that fits your interest? No problem. We are always adding new channels so you can watch what you love.

See full channel list here

 Oh and by the way, these channels are all available on Mobile Devices

Check the list below to see if your device is compatible with Samsung TV Plus:

 

  • Galaxy S10, S20, and S21 devices

  • Galaxy Note10 and Note20 devices

  • Z Fold and Z Flip devices

  • Galaxy Tabs, including the Tab S7 and Tab A8.

  • For a complete list of compatible mobile devices, including tablets, please check out the Samsung TV Plus app page in the Galaxy Store.

Patrick Larobina