Samsung has added the ABC News App to its library of free ad-supported over-the-top news programming available through the Samsung TV Plus section available on Samsung Tizen-based smart TVs since 2016.

Samsung said the ABC News App will enable cord-cutting Samsung smart TV owners to stream the latest reports from the major broadcast TV network without the need of a special subscription. In addition to Samsung smart TVs, the service will also be available to owners of many Samsung mobile devices including Galaxy S10, S20, Note10 and Note 20 devices.

In related news, Samsung also announced this week that Samsung’s premium 4K and 8K QLED TVs were named “the official television of the Los Angeles Rams” and recently entered a multi-year agreement with Hollywood Park’s to become the Official Mobile, TV and Display partner of Hollywood Park, a 298-acre sports and entertainment destination, inclusive of SoFi Stadium, which is the new home of the Los Angeles Rams, and a 6,000-seat performance venue.

With the addition of the ABC News App to the Samsung TV Plus aggregated free-streaming content area on Tizen smart TVs, set owners now have access to 10 free news channels to keep on top of current events without the need of expensive cable, satellite or live OTT subscription TV services.

Samsung TV Plus offering is somewhat similar to other ad-supported free streaming content apps including Pluto TV and The Roku Channel, that also offer multiple free streaming TV news sources. The addition also follows the recent announcement that Samsung was at least temporarily ending support for the news headline service that was available on certain Samsung QLED TVs as part of the Ambient Mode in recent years to provide top stories as on-screen text appearing on TV screens that are not in use for video watching.

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Samsung said that it continues to build out the Samsung TV Plus offering to provide “free Smart TV video service that gives viewers instant access to thousands of shows and the ability to discover new content from 150 channels and growing.

“Samsung TV Plus is all about delivering free and instant access to linear TV and streaming to our enormous community of viewers,” said Salek Brodsky, Samsung Strategic Partnerships & Business Development VP, in a statement. “The addition of ABC News Live extends our commitment to a wide variety of programming — not just in news, but in sports, entertainment, movies, music, and more.”

ABC News Live is a 24/7 streaming news channel carrying coverage of live events, breaking news, in-depth reporting, context and analysis from around the world. Original content available from the service includes: the ABC evening newscast “ABC News Live Prime” with Linsey Davis, “ABC News Live Update” with Diane Macedo and issues-oriented political program “Your Voice Your Vote: The Breakdown” with Macedo and Terry Moran.

The news app was already available to more than 200 million streamers, prior to its addition to Samsung TV Plus on millions of Samsung smart TVs.

“With no shortage of news headlines from around the world, we’re proud to have ABC News Live’s quality reporting, original programs and coverage of live events and breaking news prominently featured when people first turn on Samsung TV Plus,” stated Kaizar Campwala, VP of Business Operations and Insights, Digital Media and Entertainment Distribution. “We see this as an opportunity to deliver the most important issues of the day to Samsung’s highly engaged customers across a multitude of devices.”

The various free news channel services now available through Samsung TV Plus and certain Galaxy Plus and Note 10 and 20 devices include the following:

• ABC News Live (channel 1007)
• CBSN (channel 1005)
• NewsNOW from FOX (channel 1006)
• Bloomberg TV+ UHD (channel 1015)
• Cheddar (channel 1016)
• Yahoo Finance (channel 1017)
• Newsy (channel 1020)
• USA TODAY (channel 1023)
• Newsmax TV (channel 1027)
• TYT Network (channel 1032)

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By Greg Tarr

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