Samsung Electronics is preparing to launch free-to-view advertising supported film channels from Shorts International on the Samsung TV Plus service, initially in the UK, Italy and Spain.
Relaunching the Shorts brand from Shorts International, the new free-to-view channels, Shorts (UK, Italy) and Cortos (Spain) will be fully localised and tailored to each market, featuring some of the best international films available from ShortsTV – one of the world’s largest catalogue of short films – alongside a selection of local content. In addition, viewers will follow filmmakers to the biggest international film festivals, as well as more nascent festivals where emerging talent is breaking out. Viewers will also get filmmaking tips, and a look inside the creative factory behind short movies.
With Samsung TV Plus available on Samsung Smart TVs and select Galaxy mobiles and tablets via a free app from Google Play or Galaxy Store, viewers will be able to watch Shorts and Cortos on a variety of platforms, whether at home or on the move.
“We’re thrilled to announce this partnership, to bring anyone who owns a Samsung Smart TV or Galaxy device in the UK, Italy and Spain a taste of the world’s best short films, said ShortsTV CEO and Founder, Carter Pilcher. “This marks the relaunch of the popular Shorts brand, which was previously enjoyed by viewers in the US and Europe, deployed in a new format that gives viewers an entrée to the ShortsTV experience. This is a big step for us – until now, we’ve only made this world-leading catalogue of films available to paying TV subscribers, but the demand for the world’s best short films and short series is just too big to ignore. Viewers will sample some of the world’s biggest national and international stars in unforgettable short films they will want to watch over and over.”
“The launch of our new linear channels in the UK, Italy and Spain is the start of the next wave of content – and we’re proud to be leading the charge with a family of channels that are intensely local but also reach international heights,” said Valerio Motti, EVP EMEA Business Development and Strategy who is leading the launch of all new linear streaming channels globally. “Just as podcasting has come into its own on digital audio platforms like Spotify, short films are experiencing a similar upsurge on FAST.”