Samsung’s bringing extra content material to TV Plus, its free, ad-supported streaming package deal that’s constructed into a spread of Samsung gadgets and accessible on the net. The replace introduces a number of new exhibits, resembling Prime Gear, Legislation & Order Particular Victims Unit, NCIS, and Chicago Fireplace.

Along with the brand new exhibits, TV Plus is getting two unique Samsung-owned channels: Experience or Drive, a station geared towards automobile followers, and Samsung Showcase, a channel devoted to “live shows, occasions, and particular programming.” It’s additionally partnering with A&E to launch a brand new residence improvement-focused channel, known as Dwelling.Made.Nation.

And whereas Samsung already provides a number of native and nationwide information channels, together with ABC Information Dwell, CBS Information, NBC Information Now, and extra, Samsung says it plans on extending native information and climate protection to extra areas of the US. It additionally desires to double its video-on-demand library in 2023 by using “new and expanded partnerships” with Lionsgate, Vice Media, and extra.

First launched in 2015, Samsung TV Plus has been round for fairly some time now. The service comes put in on TVs launched in 2016 or later, Galaxy gadgets, and choose Household Hub fridge fashions. Samsung even launched TV Plus on the net final yr, making its free channels accessible to anybody with out a suitable Samsung machine. Proper now, Samsung provides 220 channels within the US, in addition to a complete of 1,600 channels cut up throughout 24 completely different nations.

Samsung says TV Plus noticed a one hundred pc development in shopper viewing over the previous 12 months, with viewers streaming 3 billion hours globally. The general free ad-supported TV (FAST) streaming trade, which incorporates contenders like Paramount’s Pluto TV, NBC’s Peacock, Fox’s Tubi, Amazon Freevee (previously IMDb Freedive and IMDb TV), Roku, and Comcast’s Xumo, has been on the rise as nicely, filling within the hole for individuals who may not have linear TV however don’t wish to pay for a streaming service. In January, a report from information analytics group Kantar revealed that 18 % of households within the US now use a FAST service, a quantity that has doubled yr over yr.

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