Starting in early 2023, consumers will be able to easily access tens of thousands of free movies and TV shows through the Crackle app at the touch of a button.
The deal also includes distribution of ad-supported free-to-air TV channels Crackle and Chicken Soup for the Soul (FAST), further expanding their distribution footprint.
NEW YORK, October 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: CSSE), one of the largest operators of ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) streaming services, with VIDAA UNITED STATES, the company that develops and runs the VIDAA platform on Hisense smart TVs, today announced an agreement to add Crackle streaming services and a Crackle-branded remote button – providing immediate access to the popular video service. ad-supported on-demand (AVOD) on devices powered by VIDAA OS. The button will be available from early next year on millions of Hisense TVs sold in the United States.
The companies also announced today that ad-supported free-to-air TV channels Crackle and Chicken Soup for the Soul (FAST) will launch on the VIDAA platform. In the coming weeks, the channels will offer US consumers free access to the best movies and TV series streaming 24 hours a day, including originals such as talk about marriage and Leaving Broke. The channels will be available on the TV’s channel guide, reducing the need to switch between apps while accessing content from different providers. Crackle AVOD app is now available on VIDAA service.
“Hisense is known for its high-quality televisions that are affordable for cost-conscious consumers,” said Adam Mosam, digital director, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “The addition of the Crackle app on the VIDAA TV operating system and the button on the remote control will help attract a whole new audience to our service. We have a wide range of amazing content that I know will appeal to their consumers.
“Bringing the best free content in the easiest way to consumers is our mission at VIDAA. That’s why partnering with Crackle is a great addition to our already extensive lineup of free VOD content as well as FAST channels,” said declared Nick RuczajVP Content at VIDAA UNITED STATES. “We’ve also made content easy to discover in our platform’s search engine and will place streaming channels right next to broadcast TV channels in the programming guide,” he added.
VIDAA Smart TV OS is a Linux-based smart TV operating system, powering millions of smart TVs, including Hisense, Toshiba, Loewe, Supersonic and hundreds of other smart TV brands, worldwide . The independent company VIDAA UNITED STATES was established in 2019 and has become a strong global contender in the Smart TV platform category.
Latest Crackle Plus Releases Include Season 2 Of Murder Mystery Series The wall, the home improvement series Pet cavestall mountaineer documentary big kiliseason 2 of the hit college thriller series In the trunkthe science fiction series rescue marines featuring Casper Van Dienand the award-winning BBC series sherlockfeaturing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Crackle Plus and Redbox streaming services are currently distributed through more than 140 touchpoints in the United States on platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), game consoles (PS4 and Xbox One), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and desktops on Crackle.com and Redbox.com with plans to expand to over 160 touchpoints this year.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported VOD streaming services, including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Popcornflix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiaries Screen Media and 1091 Pictures and produces original video content through Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. The company recently acquired Redbox, which operates a fast-growing digital streaming service that provides both ad-supported (AVOD) and paid movies from Hollywood studios and hundreds of content partners, plus over 145 ad-supported free streaming TV channels (FAST). Redbox also operates its popular kiosks across the United States in thousands of outlets, providing consumers with affordable access to the latest in entertainment. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the popular book series and produces premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.
Created in 2019, VIDAA UNITED STATES has its headquarters at Atlanta, Georgia and is the developer of Smart TV operating systems. Its flagship product, VIDAA TV OS, is currently in its sixth generation and provides advanced solutions to a host of leading Smart TV manufacturers around the world, including Hisense, JPE, BOE and TP Vision. Its award-winning Linux licensed operating system with voice control, app store, billing and payment capabilities provides a turnkey solution for factories and brands, including licensed access to leading global and local video content providers in premium streaming. VIDAA UNITED STATES partners include over 100 Smart TV brands and over 400 content providers globally.
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