Samsung TVs add Anstream and Blacknut cloud game streaming apps

Mike Wheatley

Samsung Electronics TVs might have lost access to Google Stadia’s video games, along with the rest of the world, but it can now boast a combined catalogue of more than 3,000 gaming titles thanks to the addition to two new game streaming services.


The Samsung Gaming Hub already offered services including Xbox Live, GeForce Now, Amazon Luna and Utomik, and now it has added Antstream Arcade and Blacknut on select Samsung Smart TVs in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil.

Anstream Arcade and Blacknut are video game streaming services that allow people to play cloud-hosted games without a console. With Anstream, Samsung TV owners are getting access to a library of more than 1,400 classic arcade games from what claims to be the world’s largest retro cloud gaming service. Titles include classic hits such as Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug and Double Dragon, and the service comes with a price tag of £12 a month.

Blacknut has a very different selection of more than 500 family-focused games and costs £13 a month. Some of its biggest titles include Metro Exodus and Overcooked! 1 and 2, and exclusively for European players it also has a selection of Disney games too. As mentioned, the games are all family-focused, meaning users can pit their skills against family members and friends with simultaneous on-screen action.

In addition, Blacknut also caters to young children with a wide selection of titles based on beloved children’s TV shows such as Paw Patrol, Gigantosaurus and more. Best of all, for Samsung TV owners only, Blacknut is currently offering a 15-day free trial for its service.

Mike Lucero, head of product management for gaming at Samsung Electronics, said the addition of the new services makes it easier than ever to jump into playing games. “Now all you need to do is pick up your Samsung TV remote to enjoy great games like Pac-Man’ and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, or pair your Bluetooth controller to access thousands of world-class games across genres,” he said. “With more games and more ways to play, there has never been a better time to play games on Samsung Gaming Hub."

Samsung said Anstream Arcade and Blacknut are rolling out now on the Samsung Gaming Hub on select 2021, 2022 and 2023 TV models. Unfortunately, Samsung does not upgrade its Tizen operating system on older television models, so they will not gain access to the Gaming Hub.