Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces Major Distribution Expansion for Crackle Plus on VOD and Linear Services

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Initial Agreements Made with Plex, Xfinity Flex, and FuboTV With Plans to Add More

Company Launches Linear Services in Addition to VOD Services

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced major distribution expansion for Crackle Plus. The expansion will include  new services and devices as well as the first Crackle and Popcornflix linear channels.

At today’s NewFronts presentation, Crackle Plus will announce that it has signed distribution deals with Plex, Xfinity Flex, and FuboTV this month and is targeting up to 10 total distribution partnerships for the year.

“We are excited to continue to expand the devices and services on which consumers can watch our networks and to introduce the first linear channels for Crackle and Popcornflix,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. “Our networks are free to use and have high quality programming, including original and exclusive titles that cannot be viewed on any other network. We are thrilled to continue expanding the places Crackle Plus networks can be watched as well as providing our viewers with a choice of a linear or VOD experience.”

Mr. Guelton continued, “With 47% of U.S. consumers planning to add an AVOD service in the next 12 months(1), and as a backlash to the increasing costs of SVOD, Crackle and Popcornflix are natural destinations for audiences looking for free premium streaming content. A recent study uncovered 33 million additional untapped customers who have indicated interest in using Crackle(2). We want to make it as easy as possible for these new viewers to find us.”

Crackle is available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 25 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), on iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

(1) Source: IAS, The Impact of Stay at Home Behavior on CTV - April 2020

(2) Source: Crackle Audience Study: 2020 Growth and White Space Opportunities - January 2020

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns a majority stake in Crackle Plus, a company formed with Sony Pictures Television, 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 Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. 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 food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.    

ABOUT CRACKLE PLUS

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 78,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. 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 food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

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