How to Watch BBC on Samsung TV Plus?

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is a well-known and influential broadcaster based in the United Kingdom, also one of its oldest. The network offers a wide variety of programming, including dramas, comedies, realities, miniseries, documentaries, and factual content.

BBC is known for producing high-quality and culturally significant television and radio programmes. Some of its most popular productions include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Planet Earth, Fleabag, Luther, The Crown, EastEnders, and Top Gear, though the network is also known for its diverse news and sports programming.

Despite its traditional roots, BBC has kept up with the changing times, maintaining a robust streaming presence since its iPlayer catch-up platform launched in 2007. What you’re here to know is whether you can watch BBC on Samsung TV Plus, the ad-supported streaming app Samsung bundles with its Smart TVs and Galaxy devices. Here’s everything in detail.

What Channel is BBC on Samsung TV Plus?

Watch BBC on Samsung TV Plus

 

The BBC channels are free to view via Freeview, Freesat, and YouView in the United Kingdom – with and without an aerial. Samsung TV Plus is a FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television) platform, and while it does bear similarities to Freeview Play services like BBC iPlayer and ITVX, it isn’t the same.

If you’ve used Pluto TV before, you know what we mean. For those uninitiated, like most FAST services, the 24/7 streaming channels on Samsung TV Plus aren’t actually broadcast channels but merely linear streams of programming comprised of existing on-demand titles on the service, emulating the experience of watching traditional cable TV.

Samsung TV Plus isn’t a Freeview Play service, hence no BBC channels. That said, TV Plus is replete with alternatives catered to the diverse tastes of viewers. We suggest you check out the following:

Samsung TV Plus Channels
Entertainment & Drama Entertainment Hub (4001), Comedy Hub (4002), Pluto TV Classic TV (4135), Pluto TV Drama (4166), UKTV Play Laughs (4104), Mystery TV (4116), World Drama by ITV Studios (4163),
Factual 5 Cops (4210), 5 Exploring Britain (4242), Documentaries – Rakuten TV (4229), Pluto TV Crime (4218), Pluto TV Paranormal (4230), True Crime UK from CBS Reality (4212), UKTV Play Uncovered (4202)
Natural History Adventure Earth (4262), Pluto TV Animals (4269), Wild Planet (4260), WildEarth (4273)
News Bloomberg TV+ (4320), CNN (4005), Euronews Live (4003), NBC News Now (4318), Reuters (4323)
Sport DAZN Ringside (4512), FIFA+ (4506), PGA Tour (4508), Tennis Channel International (4522), Viaplay Xtra (4510)
Kids Family – Rakuten TV (4615), Teletubbies (4610), The LEGO Channel (4607), POP (4612), Tiny POP (4614), Super Anime (4621)

For U.S. Users

If you’re in the United States, you’ll find four BBC-branded FAST channels on Samsung TV Plus, which go as follows:

  • BBC Home & Garden (1228): It brings the best of BBC’s programs centred around British expert home remodelling and garden renovation, including Small Town Gardens, DIY SOS: The Big Build, The Flying Gardener, Gardening Neighbours, George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations, Lucy Alexander’s Best of Both Worlds, Flipping Profit,
  • BBC Food (1229): Delight yourself in culinary treats with some of the finest cooking shows on BBC, i.e., Rick Stein’s Spanish Christmas, Planet Cake, Off the Menu, Full on Food, Rachel Allen’s Everyday Kitchen, The Hairy Bikers, and more.
  • Top Gear (1189): Enjoy BBC’s classic Top Gear episodes featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
  • Antiques Roadshow (1212): Watch BBC’s long-running, popular British TV program featuring experts who appraise and value antiques, collectables, and heirlooms brought in by members of the public.

Note you won’t find the BBC America channel on Samsung TV Plus since it’s a pay cable channel.

How to Watch BBC on Samsung TV Plus?

TV Plus auto-plays on newer Samsung Smart TVs by default, so users can start watching instantly. You can also navigate to Samsung TV Plus from the bottom App Bar or Home Screen, then use the CH remote buttons to change the channel. Long-press on CH or press GUIDE on the remote to see what’s currently playing or coming up next.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy device (Android 8.0 Oreo or newer), launch Samsung TV Plus from your app drawer, go to the LIVE section, and select the channel you want to watch from the Guide interface. With a Chromecast-enabled TV or media player on the same network, one can even cast the channels via the mobile app.

For those in the U.S., Samsung TV Plus is also accessible via the web. Simply visit samsungtvplus.com from your browser and start watching! No Samsung account or subscription is needed.

Other Ways to Watch BBC on Samsung TV

Samsung TV Plus may not have BBC or Freeview Play-certified, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the channels for free.

With BBC iPlayer on your Samsung TV, you can stream the live channels (e.g., BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News, BBC Alba, S4C, and BBC Scotland) in HD and catch up with your favourite BBC programmes on-demand, provided you have a TV licence (as required by UK laws).

iPlayer supports thousands of devices, including Samsung Smart TVs (plus projectors and Blu-ray players), with certified models dating back to 2012. Note you’ll need to sign in with an iPlayer account to access the live programming.

In the U.S.

Of course, iPlayer is unavailable outside the UK. So, if you’re in the States, one way to tune in to BBC America channel is to sign up for one of the following over-the-top live TV providers: DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, Philo, or Sling TV.

Philo’s base monthly plan is only $25, making it the cheapest pick carrying BBC America and 60+ popular networks. Sling TV, the budget-friendly runner-up, offers the channel with both its Blue and Orange plans.

If you have a knack for BBC’s features documentaries and factual programmes, the $5/mo BBC Select add-on on Amazon Prime Video Channels or Apple TV+ will give you access to a treasure trove of content.

You may also sign up for BritBox for access to the widest catalogue of British box sets from BBC and ITV. A good selection of BBC shows (and British programmes in general) is also streaming on-demand on Max, formerly HBO Max.

FAQ: How to download these apps on my Samsung TV?

To download these streaming apps on your Samsung TV, simply navigate to Apps from the Home Screen, select Search (magnifying glass icon) in the top-right corner, enter the app’s name you want to download, and then Install.

With the app downloaded, click Add to Home, after which you return to the Home screen, find the streaming app on the list, and select to open it. Make sure you follow the on-screen instructions carefully to sign in.

If you can’t find an app, chances are your Samsung Smart TV is unsupported. In that case, you’ll need a compatible streaming device or connect your computer or laptop to your TV to enjoy the content.

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Wrapping Up

Samsung’s free, ad-supported streamer is home to hundreds of live channels and thousands of on-demand titles. However, you won’t find BBC on Samsung TV Plus in the UK, at least at the time of writing. Luckily, you can still get BBC iPlayer on your compatible Samsung telly to enjoy your favourite BBC programmes, including news and sports, over streaming.

While you’ll find select BBC FAST channels on TV Plus in the United States, we’ve taken our time to outline a few more ways you can enjoy the network’s shows without cable in the above section. If you still have any doubts or queries, head to the comments section below for further clarification.

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