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Samsung TV Plus to launch Conan O’Brien streaming channel

The free, ad-supported channel launches in June with over 100 hours of curated content.

The free, ad-supported channel launches in June with over 100 hours of curated content.

Conan O'Brien on a Samsung TV
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TV host and podcaster Conan O’Brien has found a friend in Samsung, who will soon launch a new streaming channel offering clips from the comedian’s late night television show and documentaries.

The channel, called Conan O’Brien TV, will be distributed through Samsung TV Plus, the free, ad-supported television (FAST) platform baked into Samsung smart TVs, smart monitors, phones and tablets.

Conan O’Brien TV will offer around-the-clock clips from “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the TBS program “Conan” and the series “Conan Without Borders” It will feature stand-up specials, sketches and memorable interviews from O’Brien’s lengthy career in late night television.

Around 100 hours of content will be available through Conan O’Brien TV when it launches on Samsung TV Plus in June, the company affirmed in a press release Tuesday. The majority of content offered on Conan O’Brien TV will likely be repurposed clips from Team Coco, O’Brien’s media company and YouTube channel, and will be presented as 30-minute compilations streamed 24 hours a day.

“We are thrilled to expand the reach of the show in partnership with one of the best brands in the world,” Jeff Ross, Conan O’Brien’s long-time executive producer, said in a statement. “Samsung TV Plus is the ideal home for Conan’s first FAST channel, given the scale and credibility of the service within the FAST sector. It allows us to instantly share some of the best moments of the show with our loyal fans and to reach new ones.”

Conan O’Brien TV is being promoted as an exclusive offering to Samsung TV Plus, but it wasn’t clear how long Samsung’s deal for the channel lasts, or whether it could eventually appear on other FAST platforms like Pluto TV, Fox’s Tubi or Comcast’s Xumo Play in the future.

The agreement between O’Brien and Samsung is the latest involving the comedian and a major media brand. Last September, O’Brien sold his Team Coco production arm to SiriusXM for around $150 million. The deal gave SiriusXM access to Team Coco-produced podcasts and included a licensing agreement for O’Brien’s late night talk show TV library. Two months after the deal was announced, SiriusXM launched a dedicated satellite radio channel for Team Coco.

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