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Rakuten TV and Samsung TV Plus Reinforce Solid Partnership by Launching Over 166 Channels in 16 Markets

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Rakuten TV strengthens its ongoing partnership with Samsung Electronics to expand its free content offering on the platform’s AVOD (Advertising-Video-on-Demand) service and launches over 20 of the platform's own and third-party channels on the Samsung TV Plus service across 16 European markets.

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This launch opens new opportunities for advertisers to get in front of audiences across the new regions added to the Samsung TV Plus service, in addition to the possibility of reaching wider audiences through the broadening of channel line-up in territories already live.

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 today 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 14 April.

This launch will also broaden opportunities for advertisers, by extending reach to audiences across Europe. Samsung TV Plus sits alongside Rakuten Advertising's integrated portfolio, where publishers and advertisers can place ad-inventory across a variety of channels with the potential to reach more than 27M users across Europe. Through Rakuten TV channels available on TV Plus, brands will be able to run targeted campaigns to reach their potential new customers leveraging Rakuten Advertising’s powerful set of 1st party data and audience insights.

The enhanced line-up will provide the highest quality content at no cost. From top global channels, such as Africanews, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Quicktake, Euronews—the first live channel integrated into Rakuten TV's AVOD offer—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.

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About Rakuten TV

Rakuten TV is the first Video-On-Demand platform in Europe combining TVOD (Transactional video-on-demand), AVOD (Advertising video-on-demand) and SVOD (Subscription video-on-demand) services, providing users with a universe of content just one click away. While Rakuten TV's TVOD service provides a true cinematic experience with the latest new releases, the AVOD service offers a range of thematic channels for free, including Movies, Euronews, Kids TV, Viki, Documentaries and Rakuten Stories - a channel embodying Rakuten TV's original and exclusive content. On the subscription side, the platform provides the international SVOD service, Starzplay, as a premium content provider of movies and TV series.

Rakuten TV is available in 43 European territories and forms part of Rakuten Group, Inc. one of the worlds’ leading internet services companies, offering a wide variety of services for consumers and businesses, with a focus on e-commerce, fintech and digital content. Rakuten, headquartered in Japan, is also known for its partnership with FC Barcelona, the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, Davis Cup and Spartan Race.
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About Rakuten Advertising

Rakuten Advertising provides advertising technology and consumer insights to the world’s leading brands and retailers. Working with agencies and brands around the world, Rakuten Advertising unites technology, client strategy and consumer insights to deliver advertising experiences that drive increased brand awareness and marketing performance. With access to Rakuten’s global audiences, media, content networks and consumer research, Rakuten Advertising creates the right conditions to reach new customers and sustain long-lasting loyalty. It is a division of Rakuten Inc. (4755: TOKYO), one of the world’s leading Internet service companies. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with offices in Australia, Singapore, Brazil, France, Germany, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Learn more at https://rakutenadvertising.com/

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry, and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com

About TV Plus

Samsung TV Plus gives viewers instant access to top news, sports, entertainment, and more. It's 100% free and doesn't require any downloads, sign-up, credit cards, subscriptions or additional devices.

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