Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s ad-supported video platform Crackle Plus May 24 announced plans to launch five FAST channels on Local Now, media entrepreneur Byron Allen’s free streaming platform for local news and entertainment. Crackle Plus FAST channels include Crackle, Crackle Classics, Popcornflix and Truli, a faith and family streaming service.
Original and exclusive programming from Crackle include the series “Taboo” and the feature film The Mercy; Crackle Classics’ film and TV series such as Laurel and Hardy and Little Rascals libraries; Popcornflix’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the two-part limited series Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island; a collection of female-led shows, including “Smart Home Nation” and “Mothers and Daughters”; and the family-friendly Bible series “The Chosen.”
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“Expanding our distribution with Local Now … reflects our commitment to providing consumers with high quality, entertaining content for free with the support of advertisers who can now reach a brand-new audience,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.
The Crackle Plus streaming services are currently distributed through 70 touchpoints in the U.S. on platforms, including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and Xbox One), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in about 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
Crackle Plus’ recent releases include the exclusive scripted series “Les Norton,” which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson, Tia Mowery’s “Comfort Kitchen,” suspense thriller “Blast,” “Inside the Black Box,” hosted by Joe Morton and the BBC series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Crackle also recently announced season three of Ashton Kutcher’s award-winning series “Going From Broke.”
Local Now offers more than 450 free streaming channels, including a Local Now channel in every DMA in the country, as well as more than 14,000 movies, TV shows, and documentaries. The Local Now app is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xfinity, Vizio, Samsung, Android and iOS devices.