Crackle Plus Launches FAST Channels on FuboTV

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and an operator of advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) streaming services, has launched its Crackle and Popcornflix FAST channels on FuboTV’s platform in the United States. 

FuboTV’s audience will gain access to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment content library, including the college thriller series “In the Vault.” Viewers will also gain access to action shows from Popcornflix such as the feature films Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956) and Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier as well as the two-part limited series Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island

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“We are so excited to bring our constantly expanding content offering to FuboTV viewers,” president of Crackle Plus Philippe Guelton said in a statement. “Our advertising and marketing partners will now access new audiences through the launch of the Crackle and Popcornflix FAST channels on FuboTV.”

Other Crackle Plus recent releases include the popular sketch comedy series “Funny Girls”; the exclusive scripted series “Les Norton,” which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson; “Inside the Black Box,” hosted by Joe Morton; and the BBC series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The company also recently announced season three of the series “Going From Broke.”

The Crackle Plus streaming services are currently distributed through 85 touch points in the United States on platforms including Amazon Fire TV, 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.

AVOD Distributor ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Ups Q3 Revenue, Loss

Chicken Soup for the Soul, owner operator of ad-supported VOD platforms Crackle, Crackle Plus and Popcornflix, among others, reported a 50% increase in revenue for the third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) to $29.1 million, compared with revenue of $19.4 million during the previous-year period. The tally also marked a 31.6% improvement over the second quarter.

Net loss from operations increased more than 28% to $16.7 million, compared with a loss of $13 million a year earlier.

In the quarter, the distributor announced the initial launch of a branded Chicken Soup for the Soul ad-supported streaming video platform in select international markets.

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“We are seeing momentum in our AVOD networks, highlighted by viewership growth at Crackle and strong growth at Popcornflix since our September relaunch,” CEO William Rouhana said in a statement.

Rouhana said the company continues to focus AVOD network distribution, in addition to expanding original, exclusive content and backend streaming tech assets.

“With the initial launch of our Chicken Soup for the Soul streaming service, as well overall ad impression growth at Crackle Plus, consolidation of our television production activities, Screen Media Ventures’ growing lineup of acquired films, and our recent international partnership and acquisition activity, we are poised to accelerate execution of our strategy into 2022,” Rouhana said.

Redbox Expands Free Live TV With Popcornflix Channel

Redbox has expanded its relationship with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment to add the Popcornflix Channel to its ad-supported streaming platform Redbox Free Live TV. Launching later this month, the channel will feature programming including Robert the Bruce, The Clearing, King Solomon’s Mines (2004), Jason and the Argonauts (2000), and The Poseidon Adventure (2005) among many other titles.

With nearly 100 channels live, including three Redbox branded channels designed and programmed for movie lovers, Free Live TV features a lineup of free movies and television, news, lifestyle, and sports entertainment programming. Free Live TV is available on Redbox.com, Roku, iOS and Android devices; Apple TV, Android TV, Vizio Smart TVs, LG TVs, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and Chromecast.

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“After the recent launch of our Crackle channel on Redbox, the Crackle Plus team is thrilled to expand our relationship by giving the Popcornflix audience yet another convenient location to watch our content for free,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.

Redbox, which returning to Wall Street as a “special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC,” has been a leader in home entertainment for nearly two decades delivering 40 million consumers both packaged media rentals, PVOD, transactional VOD and ad-supported streaming.

“As audiences continue to turn to Redbox for the widest selection of movies and entertainment, we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, adding Popcornflix’s great selection of films to Free Live TV,” said Jason Kwong, chief strategy and digital officer at Redbox.