Samsung Adds CBSN to Ad-Supported VOD Service

Samsung Electronics America Oct. 31 announced the addition of CBSN to its free ad-supported video service Samsung TV Plus.

CBSN joins more than 70 TV channels on the Samsung TV Plus service, which delivers free, ad-supported programming across millions of 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs.

Established in 2016 in the United States, Samsung TV Plus is pre-installed on all 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs. Users can access TV content with just an Internet connection — no download, additional devices or credit card needed.

The platform mirrors AVOD efforts by The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Shout! Factory TV, and IMDb TV, among others.

“As viewership trends continue to shift, we feel it is important to offer consumers a live and linear TV experience that is completely free and deeply integrated into our Samsung Smart TV platform,” Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships and business development for Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

About 34% of U.S. households will not have a traditional cable subscription by the end of 2019, according to the Convergence Research Group.

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With the addition of CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service, Samsung TV Plus provides consumers with an alternative way to access and watch the same news content in the home.

The Samsung TV Plus lineup includes channels spanning news, sports, kids, lifestyle, gaming and more, including: ET Live, Cheddar, WeatherNation, fubo Sports Network, Outside TV+, Moonbug, Tastemade, QVC, PeopleTV, This Old House, FailArmy, The Pet Collective and IGN.

NBC Launching Ad-Supported News Streaming Service in May

NBC Universal in May is set to launch a free ad-supported streaming news service dubbed “NBC News Now.”

The service — announced last weekend at SXSW — will launch featuring eight hours of daily news (expanding to 24 hours), including content from E! News. It will be available across most streaming devices.

NBC is pursuing an AVOD strategy used by CBS (via CBSN) and ABC (“ABC News Live” via Roku Channel) to bolster slacking consumer demand for traditional broadcast TV news.

The network currently streams an abbreviated news format service on Snapchat, dubbed “Stay Tuned.”

NBC News Now would include original reporting as well as third-party sourced news, according to a March 10 blog post.

“We will be doing original work that will be specific for the streaming service, we will be drawing from the reporting that takes place across all the other NBC News properties,” Noah Oppenheim, president of NBC News, told a SXSW panel, according to Broadcasting & Cable, which first reported the story. “We will actually be reaching into other corners of NBC Universal, sports, you name it, for some of that content.”

Noah Oppenheim (r) at SXSW