Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS) Entertainment, a purveyor of uplifting video content, announced plans to acquire Pivotshare.
Pivotshare is said to have 25,000 subscribers for a variety of video-on-demand streaming services. Purchase price will be $4.35 million, the bulk of which will come through CSS Entertainment stock (Nasdaq: CSSEP).
CSS Entertainment, whose current activities include ownership of free streaming service Popcornflix and distribution of Ashton Kutcher’s free APlus service, said it would now use Pivotshare to launch its own subscription streaming efforts.
William J. Rouhana, Jr., CSS Entertainment’s chairman and CEO, noted that much of Pivotshare’s 28,000 hours of current content “fits with the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.”
Yet the press release announcing the deal didn’t get any more specific about that content than saying it includes “music, sports, religion, arts and culture, lifestyle and family.”
So The Savvy Screener investigated.
Arriving at pivotshare.com/discover, we found available subscription services divided into 11 categories. They follow, with examples:
Into pole dancing or pole exercising? There’s a streaming service for that. No, make that two! You can choose between Complete Pole (pictured right) or Power Pole Sports. Four yoga services are also available, as is Total Body Transformation, where Tracy Campoli will be your daily “personal trainer.”
Sometimes you just can’t tell the sports by the titles. To name a few, Chukker.TV is a polo service, In the Spread teaches fishing skills, and SKLZ provides soccer training. Other sports are also covered, but one sport has so many channels that it gets its own category.
SampleCraze may be worth sampling for budding audio producers, but the category offers at least four other music production-oriented services: Production Expert, Home Studio Trainer, Reaktor Tutorials and ADSR.
OAS (Oriental Art Supply) teaches you how to do brush painting of 108 flowers. Two other channels offer art classes, one provides Spanish-language cooking instruction, and one called Texas to the Delta apparently teaches blues guitar, but its link was broken this morning.
Cult movie fans will enjoy Cultorama but perhaps not The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Bongflix offers Bengali movies and series.
Kids & Family
For a complete list of Pivotshare subscription streaming services. prices and more info, visit pivotshare.com/discover.
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