Chicken Soup for Soul Entertainment’s Crackle Plus
Crackle Spotlight, Crackle Classics and Truli channels bring over 10,000 new movies, TV shows and originals to SmartCast through curated live channels
COS COB, Connecticut, July 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) network operators in continuous, today announced the agreement to launch three linear channels on VIZIO (NYSE: VZIO) Smartcast: Crackle Spotlight, which offers the best of the originals and exclusives from Crackle, Crackle Classics, focused on classic TV shows and Truli, its religious and family network.
VIZIO SmartCast audiences will have access to the massive Crackle Plus library of studio movie titles and classic movies and TV shows as well as an evolving roster of original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains and inspires audiences such as PROMISELAND, Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story, Bucket List, Sew the Winter to My Skin, Insomnia, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, Spides, Tout est possible: Serge Ibaka’s story, Road to race day, the clearing, and Start from broken, now in its second season. The deal also includes family and faith content from Truli, which is also part of the Crackle Plus network.
In addition to a comprehensive offering of Crackle content available through the Crackle video on demand application, Crackle also entered into an agreement with VIZIO in 2020 to add a Crackle button to VIZIO smart TVs produced in 2021 with branding and branding. signage on television boxes in the retail trade. Outlets in the US The new Crackle and Truli linear channels, curated with the best of their originals, exclusives, movies and classic TV content, are both prime examples of the deepening relationship between the two companies.
In addition to Crackle streaming channels, VIZIO offers convenient access to onscreen apps like Apple TV +, Disney +, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount +, Peacock, Prime Video, and YouTube TV. It also includes support for Apple AirPlay 2 and built-in Chromecast, allowing viewers to stream, control and share content from their phone, tablet or laptop right on the big screen. VIZIO SmartCast is continually improving the platform with new features and content, so users have endless entertainment options, while staying healthy and safe in their homes.
“Crackle’s extensive catalog of popular movies and TV shows provides SmartCast users with thousands of new entertainment options across all genres,” said Katherine Pond, vice president of business development at VIZIO. “We are excited to be working with Crackle Plus to expand entertainment options to millions of users. “
“Crackle is delighted to extend our relationship with VIZIO and share our Crackle originals and exclusives, as well as our growing library of thousands of movies, documentaries, sports and classic TV content as well as Truli family content with SmartCast. . users, ”said Crackle Plus president Philippe Guelton. “With this new destination for our streaming channels, we are also bringing a new and growing audience to our advertisers on VIZIO SmartCast. “
The three main Crackle Plus networks, Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, are continuously rolling out to new distribution touchpoints on up to 41 platforms, as AVOD or FAST channels. Crackle Plus networks are currently distributed through 48 touchpoints in the United States with 64 touchpoint expansion plans including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TV (Samsung, LG, Vizio), games (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktop computers at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms of the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming networks. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks, including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix, and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces original long and short content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous series of books and produces premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.
CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Crackle Plus owns and operates the ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the United States. Crackle Plus owns the AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks present at least one original program and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces original long and short content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, sa Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous series of books and produces premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on current management expectations and are not actual performance predictions. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risks set forth in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. If one of these risks materializes or if our assumptions turn out to be inaccurate, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or commitment to publicly release any update or revision to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations to this regard or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, VIZIO’s mission is to provide immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that make our products the center of the connected home. VIZIO is leading the future of TVs with its integrated platform of advanced smart TVs and the powerful SmartCast operating system. VIZIO also offers a range of innovative soundbars that provide consumers with a high audio experience. VIZIO’s platform gives content providers more ways to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to dynamically target and deliver ads to a growing audience that is moving further and further away from linear television.
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