Samsung Plus TV Bows ‘Pickleballtv’ FAST Channel

Samsung Plus TV, the CE manufacturer’s ad-supported streaming service, Jan. 31 rolled out access to Pickleballtv, the platform’s 350th free ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel.

Pickleball is considered the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. with 36 million active players in the U.S.

The 24-hour channel will show more than 30 live Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour tournaments (with teams whose owners include Tom Brady, Eva Longoria and LeBron James)along with original programming and a weekly studio news show. The channel is the latest sports offering from the Tennis Channel and the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA Tour).

Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, the Carvana PPA Tour is operated by parent corporation, Pickleball.com.

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Samsung: Ad-Supported Free Streaming TV Supplanting Legacy Television

The growth of free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) has seen the rollout of 12 new services launched since 2019, with a 214% increase in the number of individual FAST channels available in the United States since November 2020.

That’s according to a new report from Samsung, which like FAST services Freevee, Google TV, LG Channels, Plex, Pluto TV, Redbox Live TV, Roku Channel, Sling Freestream, STIRR, Tubi, Vix, Vizio WatchFree+ and Xumo Play, operates a FAST platform, the branded Samsung TV Plus streaming licensed and original content free to Samsung TV owners.

While ad-supported VOD (AVOD) and FAST platforms got their start regurgitating catalog content, Samsung found that more than 33% of current programming is still in production, and 46% is content that first aired since 2020.

FAST channels revolve primarily (57%) around TV shows, news and opinion (18%), movies (13%), and music and sports (6%). News included 333 dedicated FAST channels as of November 2023, with local news accounting for 69% of all FAST news channels.

Separately, the sports genre has skyrocketed in popularity in the past year, growing 153% from 45 FAST channels in 2020 to 114 in 2023.

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The report contends that the difference between broadcast, cable TV and FAST channels will continue to blur. More MVPDs and virtual MVPDs will include FAST channels in their lineups as they become indistinguishable from traditional TV channels, the report contends.

FilmRise Partners With Samsung TV Plus for European Distribution

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, Dec. 11 announced a deal with Samsung TV Plus Europe to distribute its catalog content channels to ad-supported connected Samsung TVs and Galaxy devices across Europe.

The content channels include “Andromeda,” “Forensic Files,” “FilmRise Free Series,” and “Highway to Heaven,” among others. Initial territories in the deal include the Nordics, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy, with additional foreign territories pending.

“This partnership not only marks the debut of FilmRise content on connected [Samsung] devices in this region, but also showcases the versatility of our extensive library,” Daniel Gagliardi, VP, digital distribution and business development for FilmRise, said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated by Alejandro Veciana, senior manager, international digital distribution, at FilmRise and Cristina Sala at Samsung TV Plus Italy.

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Samsung TV Plus Adds New Free Kids TV Streaming Channels

Samsung TV Plus has added new free kids TV streaming channels, including such series as “Barney and Friends,” “Baby Einstein,” “Teletubbies,” “Caillou,” “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The additions bring the total number of free, 24-7 kids channels to 20.

Samsung TV Plus is also now curating all children’s content within a dedicated kids experience called “Best of Kids.” 

The complete kids channel lineup includes:

  • “Strawberry Shortcake”
  • “Polly Pocket”
  • “Teletubbies”
  • “Blippi”
  • “Nick Pluto TV”
  • “PBS Kids”
  • “Bob the Builder”
  • “Barney and Friends”
  • “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3”
  • “Moonbug”
  • “Caillou”
  • “Lego Channel”
  • “pocket.watch”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Kidoodle.TV”
  • “Baby Einstein”
  • “Ryan and Friends”
  • “ToonGoggle”

Samsung TV Plus Rolls Out Update to Enhance Content Searches

Samsung TV Plus, the ad-supported streaming platform, Nov. 16 began rolling out product update 5.2 aimed at enhancing content discovery.

As part of the new home screen and discoverability features, users will have a dedicated kids screen to connect consumers with “Best of Kids” programming across more than 20 family-safe channels, kids shows and on-demand movies. The new destination will feature popular new content like “Blippi,” “Barney and Friends,” “Baby Einstein,” “Teletubbies,” “Caillou,” “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” as well as family content such as PBS Kids, “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Slugterra,” “Moonbug,” “Ryan and Friends,” Lego Channel, and Kidoodle.TV.

The update will also create a new dedicated music destination where streamers can discover songs and artists spanning more than 200 playlists and 40-plus channels from partners Vevo, XITE and Stingray. On-demand playlists cater to a wide range of music tastes in a variety of formats, including decade-based playlists such as ‘90s country; genre-based playlists such as “Hip-Hop Icons”; and artist-centered playlists for top acts such as Beyonce, Ariana Grande, The Weekend and The Rolling Stones, among others.

In addition to the new Kids and Music destinations, Samsung TV Plus is upping its movies and premium content selections to include an expanded and refreshed “Movie Hub” by adding new channels Movie Hub West, Movie Hub Action and Movie Hub Holidays. The new Movie Hub channels will continue to deliver thousands of live and on-demand titles such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Collateral, Cruel Intentions, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hurt Locker, Titanic, Gladiator, Imitation Game, among others.

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“With an ever-expanding premium lineup of family-friendly shows, music playlists, news, and sports programming and more, Samsung TV Plus has a clear foothold in the FAST landscape,” Salek Brodsky, SVP and GM, Samsung TV Plus, said in a statement.

TelevisaUnivision Launches 10 New ViX Channels on Samsung TV Plus

TelevisaUnivision and Samsung TV Plus Oct. 10 announced an expanded partnership with the launch of 10 new channels from TelevisaUnivision’s global streaming service, ViX — with content spanning news, sports, entertainment, novelas, comedies and lifestyle.

Beginning today, the channel line-up includes Noticias Univision 24/7, Zona TUDN, Rebelde, Cine de Oro, Aqui y Ahora, Cine de Retro, Galanes. Pequenos Gigantes, Como Dice El Dicho and Las 3 Marias.

“This launch builds upon the momentum we’re seeing for ViX and enables us to deliver even more touch points for our audience in all the places they consume content,” Adam Waltuch, EVP of global distribution and streaming partnerships at TelevisaUnivision, said in a statement.

The new ViX channels add to existing Samsung TV Plus’ TelevisaUnivision offerings, including Novelas de Romance, Villanos de Novela, JaJaJa and Grandes Parejas.

“We value our marquee partners like TelevisaUnivision, and are thrilled to expand our collaboration that brings even more programming to users that reflects the rich diversity of viewers,” Takashi Nakano, senior director of content and business development, Samsung TV Plus, said in a statement.

One of the first FAST platforms from a consumer electronics manufacturer, Samsung TV Plus today offers more than 2,200 channels globally and thousands of shows and movies on-demand reaching more than 500 million devices globally across TV and mobile.

Samsung TV Plus Streaming Platform Adds ‘Drew Barrymore,’ ‘Rachael’ Talk Shows, Among Other Content

Samsung TV Plus, the free ad-supported TV (FAST) and video-on-demand (AVOD) service for Samsung Smart TV owners, Sept. 27 announced new content deals, which include episodes of daytime talk shows “The Drew Barrymore Show” and “Rachael,” in addition to former NBC/CBS drama “Medium,” co-starring Patricia Arquette, among other content.

“The Drew Barrymore Show” aims to deliver optimism TV, bringing information, inspiration, and entertainment to the daytime audience and is also available on demand.

“Rachael” host Rachael Ray presents simple solutions for everyday issues. With help from her content buddies and celebrity guests, Rachael cooks up recipes for better living with household and style tips, quick and tasty meals, and creative, affordable ideas.

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In the drama series “Medium,” suburban mom Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps. It is also available on demand.

Based on Mattel’s board game, “Pictionary!” is a family game show hosted by Jerry O’Connell, who takes two teams, captained by celebrities, through a variety of drawing and guessing games. It is also available on demand.

Seasonal programming includes “Fear Zone,” a 24/7 channel with spooky series and ghost-centric including:

  • The Other Side
  • Most Haunted
  • A Haunting
  • Paranormal Survivor 
  • Hotel Paranormal
  • The Disappointments Room
  • The Woman in Black (2012)
  • The Presence
  • Prey (2007)

 

The “Movie Hub” will also feature horror content and thrillers every Sunday evening in October — plus all day on Halloween (10/31), including:

  • The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
  • Wolf Creek
  • Black Rock
  • Debug
  • Diabolique
  • Wolves
  • Love is Scary Fun
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • One for the Money
  • They Came Together
  • Two if by Sea
  • The Love Punch
  • The Accidental Husband
  • The Brother Bloom
  • The Ex (2006)
  • Date and Switch
  • Dawg
  • Enemies, A Love Story
  • Featured Favorites
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Patriot’s Day
  • Big Eyes
  • The Giver
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Snowpiercer
  • 3 Days to Kill
  • Killer Joe
  • Sister Code
  • Alex Cross
  • Fair Game (2010)
  • The Family Fang
  • Lawless
  • Touchback
  • Warrior (2011)

FilmRise Expands Streaming Distribution With Samsung TV Plus

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, has expanded its distribution deal with Samsung TV Plus, the South Korean consumer electronics giant’s ad-supported streaming platform for Samsung connected TV owners.

The new pact adds 600 hours of programming, including 19 TV series and more than 120 movies to up the platform’s portfolio of FilmRise content to 3,134 hours. Content includes “Heartland,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares” and “21 Jump Street,” among other titles.

“We were one of the first studios to partner with Samsung TV Plus and we are delighted to build upon our successful partnership by continuing to usher in an even larger array of fresh and highly engaging free content on FAST and AVOD for their users to indulge in,” Melissa Wohl, SVP, head of content sales for FilmRise, said in a statement.

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Samsung TV Plus Ups Free Ad-Supported Streaming Movie Slate Through October

Samsung TV Plus, the South Korean consumer electronics ad-supported streaming platform, Sept. 21 announced its upcoming movie slate for September and October.

Throughout September, new movies include Mission: Impossible, Romeo & Juliet, An American Haunting, The Age of Adaline and many more. A-list actors include Ryan Reynolds (Adventureland, Van Wilder: Party Liaison), Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days, Details), and Jack Black (The School of Rock, Bernie).

In October, the platform will stream The Last Exorcism Part II, The Woman in Black, and Wolf Creek, in addition to The Spy Who Dumped Me, Patriot’s Day and The Love Punch, among others.

Back to school titles include:

  • The School of Rock
  • Van Wilder: Party Liaison
  • School for Scoundrels (2006)
  • The Great Debaters

Comedies include:

  • Bernie
  • Details
  • Killers (2010)
  • Adventureland
  • Mad Money
  • Meatballs
  • Cook Off
  • Date and Switch
  • Furry Vengeance
  • Vamps
  • Wagons East
  • Operation: Endgame
  • The Cookout
  • Four Kids and It

Romantic dramas include:

  • The Age of Adaline
  • Romeo & Juliet (2013)
  • Beautifully Broken
  • Desert Dancer
  • Savannah
  • Death Defying Acts (2006)
  • Touchback

“Chilling and thrilling” titles include:

  • Mission: Impossible
  • An American Haunting
  • The Next Three Days
  • Righteous Kill
  • Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor
  • The Redemption: Kickboxer 5
  • Snitch 
  • For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada
  • White Sands
  • Gone
  • Outlander
  • Traitor
  • Down a Dark Hall
  • Final Score
  • Reprisal

Free movies coming in October include:

  • Minority Report (2002)
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • Fruitvale Station
  • One for the Money
  • They Came Together
  • Patriot’s Day
  • Snowpiercer
  • 3 Days to Kill
  • Killer Joe
  • The Love Punch
  • Sister Code
  • Two if by Sea
  • Alex Cross
  • Big Eyes
  • Fair Game (2010)
  • The Family Fang
  • The Giver
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Lawless
  • Touchback
  • Warrior (2011)

Halloween-themed titles include:

  • The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
  • The Woman in Black (2012)
  • Wolf Creek
  • Black Rock
  • Debug
  • Diabolique
  • The Disappointments Room
  • Wolves

Fox Weather FAST Service Expands Distribution on Samsung TV Plus, Cox Platforms

Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather service, has further expanded its distribution to reach Samsung TV Plus users and Cox subscribers.

Starting Aug. 23, Fox Weather will be available on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free ad-supported TV (FAST) and video-on-demand (AVOD) service. Viewers with a 2016 or later Samsung Smart TV will be able to access the streaming weather service on channel 1010. It will also be made available on Samsung Galaxy devices, Samsung Smart Monitors, Samsung Family Hub and the web.

Additionally, Cox Contour TV customers now have access to Fox Weather through Cox’s Expanded Basic package in several markets, including Las Vegas, Cleveland and Phoenix among others. Notably, the deal will add 1.7 million subscribers to Fox Weather’s distribution base.

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Since launching in October 2021, Fox Weather has added a number of streaming distribution partners, including Verizon Fios, The Roku Channel, fubo, YouTube TV, Fire TV Channels, Optimum, Spectrum, LG Channels, DirecTV Stream, Xumo Play, WOW!, Vidgo, TuneIn, Plex and Astound Broadband. The service continues to be available through Fox Television Station digitla networks in top markets, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others.