Samsung and LG TVs have received a new streaming service called NextUp, joining the long list of apps pre-installed and available on these popular smart TVs, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, Apple TV +, BBC iPlayer and a lot more.
NextUp is designed to stream the latest live performances from some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, so subscribers can bring the inside of a comedy club home from the comfort of their sofa. With its focus on live streams, NextUp will differentiate itself from DVDs and on-demand stand-up recordings from competitors such as Netflix and Prime Video.
Shows bundled with NextUp include some of the biggest names in the industry including Ed Byrne, Miles Jupp and Andrew Maxwell, as well as award-winning emerging comedy stars like Jordan Brookes, Laura Lexx and Maisie Adam. The service will add several new livestreams from comedy clubs across the UK every week.
If you missed a stand up, don’t worry. NextUp will include an on-demand library of hundreds of comedy specials from famous comics and the rising stars. That news comes shortly after the platform announced its partnership with the world-famous London Comedy Store to bring its prestigious standing nights straight to subscribers’ homes.
The new partnership with Samsung and LG TV owners means no set-top box or streaming dongle like the Fire TV and Roku is required to gain access. Samsung is the most popular TV maker in the world (no less for the last fifteen consecutive years) so ensuring these devices come with NextUp should lower the barrier to entry for new subscribers significantly. And for those with a Samsung or LG TV who have run out of exciting new shows, the launch of the new streaming app is positive too.
Commenting on the news, NextUp co-founder Sarah Henley said, “At last you can now experience live comedy from the sofa while eating pizza in your pajamas. This deal with Samsung and LG brings live comedy to the masses in a revolutionary way. Through the lockdown, we learned that making comedy accessible was really a necessity. There were people who didn’t attend live stand-up shows the opportunity to discover something new, different, or familiar. Whatever it was, people loved it.
“Streaming what’s happening live on stage on your TV is a real thrill. You really feel like you are with the audience of the venue without knowing what is going right or wrong or who is saying what. It is unfiltered, unprocessed and there is no queuing for the toilet. “
Upcoming shows that will be available to subscribers include …
- NextUp Comedy Live, NextUp’s premier monthly comedy night in partnership with the Comedy Store in London.
- Tits’ n Giggles, a monthly short form women-only night at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green.
- Raucous, a comedy show with underrepresented groups at Up The Creek Comedy Club, Greenwich.
More NextUp shows this month include …
- October 10 – Pope Lonergan & Meryl O’Rourke Live
- October 12th – NextUp Comedy Live in the Comedy Store: Line-up | Nick Helm | Michael Odewale | Maisie Adams
- October 23 – Musical Comedy Awards 2021 Finale | Heading from Mawaan Rizwan
- October 23 – Angel Comedy Stream | Line up: Giant Davies | Kate Baron | Joe Wells | Fiona Ridgewell
- October 25th – Suspiciously cheap | Lineup – TBC
- October 29th – Backyard Comedy Stream | Lineup – TBC
- October 31st – Weirdo’s Halloween Project
NextUp discusses its plans and says it was “designed with the belief that we all need laughter in our lives” by “making comedies accessible to all”. It adds, “Whether it’s through live streaming events where CEOs have been toasted by comedians, or now by building partnerships with some of the largest tech companies in the world, NextUp is feeding the soul of the nation with a giggle, chuckle and giggles after another. “
NextUP subscription plans start at £ 5 a month for unlimited access, although there is a free tier available to all new customers that limits you to five specials and 10 live streams. No credit card is required for the latter.