Rakuten TV is strengthening its ongoing partnership with Samsung Electronics to expand its free content offering on the platform’s AVoD service and launches over 20 own and third-party channels on the Samsung TV Plus service across 16 European markets.
During April and May Rakuten TV will roll out a total of 166 new channels in 16 markets through TV Plus.
With 20 premium channels, Rakuten TV will provide the full channel line-up exclusively for TV Plus as it expands its service into new territories. The roll-out started this week with the launch of new channels in Denmark, Finland and Norway. Followed by Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Ireland planned for May.
Rakuten TV has also landed today at TV Plus in Sweden and the Netherlands with the launch of 7 premium channels.
In addition, alongside Rakuten TV’s line-up already live on TV Plus in the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, the Family channel became available in these markets on April 14th.
The enhanced line-up will provide content from top global channels, such as Africanews, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Quicktake, Reuters and VENN, to a wide range of Rakuten TV’s own themed channels curated by genres, from Action, Comedy, Drama, Spotlight, Family and Documentaries.
The new channels will be available on the TV Plus service in Samsung Smart TV devices from 2016 onwards in the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland; and in Samsung Smart TV devices from 2017 onwards in the rest of the markets.