ESPN, Freeform apps launch for Samsung smart TVs

The ESPN app on Samsung smart TVs. (ESPN)

The Walt Disney Company’s ESPN and Freeform apps are making the jump to Samsung smart TVs in time for the upcoming College Football National Championship and several series premieres on Freeform.

At launch, 2017 Samsung smart TVs will support ESPN and Freeform.

The apps both require authentication through pay-TV service accounts. The ESPN app offers live streaming and the Freeform app offers both live access of its network and on-demand viewing of its shows.

RELATED: Amazon, Samsung team for updated HDR10+ open standard

Samsung’s expanded lineup of TV Everywhere apps for its smart TVs comes shortly after the company announced that its work with Amazon Video on HDR10+ had resulted in Amazon upgrading its entire HDR lineup to the enhanced standard.

“As an advanced HDR10 technology, HDR10+ offers an unparalleled HDR viewing experience—vivid picture, better contrast and accurate colors—that brings HDR video to life,” said Kyoungwon Lim, vice president of Visual Display Division at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. “We’re excited to work with world-class industry partners, including Amazon Video, to bring more amazing HDR content directly to our 2017 UHD TVs, including our QLED TV lineup.”

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