News Release

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment to Distribute Channel 1 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Streaming News Channel Across Over 140 Touchpoints

Published on: October 26, 2023

Company will also get access to Channel 1’s next-generation AI technology to localize a deep catalog of over 10,000 movies and TV series into any language

Channel 1’s newsroom is powered by AI, and will initially be available as a Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television (FAST) channel, followed by an app to launch next year providing advanced news personalization

COS COB, Conn., October 26, 2023 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE) today announced it will be the first distribution point for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) streaming news company Channel 1. Through its vast network of over 140 touchpoints, including Redbox and Crackle apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Samsung, the company will provide immediate scale for Channel 1, giving it access to millions of viewers. The channel will initially launch as a Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television (FAST) channel in February, with a dedicated Channel 1 app to launch a few months later, providing advanced news personalization.

In addition, Channel 1 will license to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment next-generation AI, and workflow tools, which will unlock significant value to its over 10,000 titles of movies and TV series.

Channel 1 is a personalized news network that learns viewers’ interests and delivers relevant stories from across the globe. Its programming features a combination of real and generated imagery, videos, and news anchors.

“Channel 1 is truly the future of streaming news, and we are delighted to be working with them on distribution for their service,” said William J. Rouhana, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Their AI is some of the most sophisticated and advanced technology we’ve seen. Their localization technology will unlock significant value in our deep catalog of over 10,000 movies and TV series, enabling us to easily translate them into any language at virtually no additional cost.”

“Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s distribution footprint is one of the largest in streaming, which will provide us with immediate scale,” said Scott Zabielski, chief content officer for Channel 1. “Our AI technology will also give them an easy, inexpensive way to unlock massive value in their content library by localizing content into any language. We’re delighted to be working with them on this and other projects in the future.”

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) provides premium content to value-conscious consumers. The company is one of the largest advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) companies in the US, with three flagship AVOD streaming services: Redbox, Crackle, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. In addition, the company operates Redbox Free Live TV, a free ad-supported streaming television service (FAST), with nearly 180 FAST channels as well as a transaction video on demand (TVOD) service, and a network of approximately 29,000 kiosks across the US for DVD rentals. To provide original and exclusive content to its viewers, the company creates, acquires, and distributes films and TV series through its Screen Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul TV Group subsidiaries.

About Channel 1
Channel 1 is developing the next-generation way viewers consume and interact with news. Using the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI), the company’s propriety technology will seamlessly source news worldwide and deliver a hyper-personal viewing experience. For more details, visit

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Peter Binazeski
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

Zaia Lawandow
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment