Hen Soup for the Soul Leisure’s Crackle Plus Launches Three New Linear Channels on VIZIO SmartCast

Crackle Spotlight, Crackle Classics and Truli Channels bring over 10,000 new films, TV shows and originals to SmartCast via curated live channels

COS COB, Connecticut, July 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today the agreement to launch three linear channels on. known VIZIO (NYSE: VZIO) Smartcast: Crackle Spotlight, featuring the best of Crackle’s Originals and Exclusives, Crackle Classics, with an emphasis on classic TV shows and Truli, his faith and family network.

VIZIO SmartCast audiences get access to the vast Crackle Plus library of studio movie titles and classic TV movies and series, as well as an ever-growing list of original and exclusive programs that uplift, entertain and inspire 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, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story, Road to Race Day, The Clearing and Going From Broke , now in its second season. The deal also includes family-friendly and faith-based content from Truli, which is also part of the Crackle Plus network.

In addition to a full range of crackle content available through the Crackle video on demand app, in 2020 Crackle also entered into an agreement with VIZIO to crackle VIZIO Smart TVs produced in 2021 Button, with accompanying branding and signage on TV boxes at retail outlets in the U.S. The new linear channels Crackle and Truli, curated with the best of their originals, exclusives, films, and classic TV content, are great examples of that Deepen the relationship between the two companies.

In addition to the crackle streaming channels, VIZIO offers convenient access to on-screen apps like Apple TV +, Disney +, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount +, Peacock, Prime Video and YouTube TV. It also offers support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, so viewers can stream, control and share content from their phone, tablet or laptop directly to the big screen. VIZIO SmartCast continuously improves the platform with new features and content, so that users can have endless entertainment options while staying healthy and safe at home.

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“Crackle’s extensive catalog of popular movies and TV shows brings SmartCast users thousands of new entertainment options across all genres,” said Katherine Pond, vice president of business development for VIZIO. “We are excited to partner with Crackle Plus to expand entertainment options for millions of users.”

“Crackle is excited to expand 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 and family-friendly content from Truli with SmartCast,” said share user Philippe Guelton, President of Crackle Plus. “With this new goal for our streaming channels, we are also offering our advertisers a new and growing audience on VIZIO SmartCast.”

The three primary Crackle Plus networks, Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, are continuously being rolled out on up to 41 platforms as AVOD or FAST channels at new sales touchpoints. The Crackle Plus networks are currently distributed over 48 touchpoints in the US, with an expansion planned to 64 touchpoints, including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), game consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops under Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in around 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand (VOD) 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 purchases and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces long and short original 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 book series and produces super premium pet foods under the brand name Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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 AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks present at least one original and one exclusive program each month that sets it apart from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its 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 book series and produces super premium pet foods under the brand name Chicken Soup for the Soul.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not mentioned in this press release, and management’s current expectations and are not predictions of actual performance. 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 any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied in these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are for date only, and the company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect changes in company expectations regarding this or changes in events, conditions or circumstances which a statement is based.

Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, VIZIO’s mission is to provide immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that put our products at the heart of the connected home. VIZIO is driving the future of television through its integrated platform of state-of-the-art Smart TVs and the powerful SmartCast operating system. VIZIO also offers a portfolio of innovative sound bars that provide consumers with an upscale audio experience. VIZIO’s platform gives content providers more opportunities to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to target and deliver ads dynamically to a growing audience that is increasingly turning away from linear television.

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