The Preview Channel, which offers trailers, behind-the-scenes and other entertainment content for upcoming films and shows, is launching a newly upgraded free ad-supported version featuring news and a state-of-the-art viewer guide customized for equipment manufacturers and streaming platforms.
Preview Channel FAST+ is scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2024 and offer free customary programs alongside original hits, including the Preview Channel’s annual Academy Award and Emmy Preview shows. It will also host daily entertainment news programs to keep audiences informed on trending movies, television series, and celebrities, as well as continued coverage of upcoming films, TV series, and video game trailers.
The Preview Channel will be launching this upgraded free ad-supported model streaming channel in 2024. As more streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and YouTube increase prices this year, households are reconsidering the number of platforms they pay for, instead looking for alternate, free subscriptions.
William Sager, chief executive officer and founder of The Preview Channel, announced the news today in a press release.
“We’re very excited to be launching the new and improved TPC in 2024,” said Sager. “The TPC upgrades came about after discussions with viewers and researching and experimenting with the latest smart TV tech, and we are confident entertainment consumers will enjoy and appreciate the enhanced product and experience.”
Preview Channel FAST+ is compatible with Nextgen TV and ATSC 3.0 and will also be available as a linear ad-based video-on-demand channel. The refreshed version will have transactional video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand features with new display overlays that are configured for most apps and broadcast formats.
Its international sister channel, Trailers, is also ready for distribution in the U.S. and Canada for platforms hosting program previews in Spanish, the company said.
The Preview Channel debuted on Samsung TV in 2018 and maintains a steady following of people looking for the latest trending films heading to theaters, television, and streaming platforms from all major services, including Disney+, Apple TV+, Prime Video, Paramount+, Netflix, Hulu, and Max. The channel hosts behind-the-scenes-themed episodes featuring actors, filmmakers, blockbuster titles, and franchises.
The Preview Channel is also available on Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Prime, Freevee, Plex, TCL, and Amazon Fire Stick.
Image credit: The Preview Channel
Correction: We have updated the story to make it clear that the Preview Channel has always been free but this is a newly upgraded free version.