Samsung TV Plus and ZDF Studios have agreed to launch 20 European FAST Channels. The first two channels launched in Germany on October 11. Launched in collaboration with ZDF Studios, the channels are available on Samsung TV Plus as Samsung’s premium FAST offering. The new channels are called “Cash or Trash” and “ZDF kocht!”.
After the documentary FAST channel “Terra X”, the number of joint channels of Samsung TV Plus and ZDF Studios is now three.
ZDF Studios Expands Distribution Strategy
For ZDF Studios, the cooperation with Samsung TV Plus represents the expansion of a distribution strategy that sees selected highlights from the ZDF Studios catalog newly curated to serve the “lean back” needs of users. Samsung TV Plus is preinstalled on around ten million Samsung smart TVs in Germany, providing the optimal basis for tapping into this new type of distribution.
Curiosities and Cooking Achieve the Best Ratings
“Cash or Trash” is one of ZDF’s most popular broadcast series, Germany’s biggest “junk show” and a successful format in the ZDF Studios catalog. The afternoon show about art and curiosities with Horst Lichter regularly achieves the highest ratings on ZDF. “ZDF kocht!” is a new FAST channel that brings together highlights from the shows “Küchenschlacht,” “Topfgeldjäger,” “Stadt, Land, Lecker” and “Kerners Köche.” This new offering will be available around the clock, seven days a week. Cooking shows are extremely popular on Samsung TV Plus, as evidenced by the ratings for “Hells’s Kitchen,” Jamie Oliver’s cooking show from the United Kingdom.
Refresh for “Terra X”
In summer 2022, the first collaboration between ZDF Studios and Samsung TV Plus started with the high-quality ZDF documentary series “Terra X” on Samsung TV Plus. The format and topics, such as nature documentaries, adventure, history, travel and expeditions, will remain. In addition, new program content will be added. Among the new content are “Maithink X,” the popular science show with Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, “Jahr100,” Mirko Drotschmann’s documentary series about the first century AD, and “Unsere Kontinente,” a mini-series about nature and culture on the respective continents.