● Some original shows
● Use without an account
● Tons of ads
● Limited quality shows
● No live sports
Crackle is an ad-supported over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that’s free to subscribers. But seriously, is Crackle free? Yes, but you’ll have to sit through some ads. Owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Sony, Crackle provides a decent catalog of shows, movies and original series. The service works much like Hulu or Netflix — just don’t expect to have features like offline downloads or 4K streaming quality that you get with most paid services.
Crackle isn’t necessarily the answer if you’re interested in cutting the cable TV cord. It works best when paired with a more comprehensive service.
What To Watch On Crackle
Crackle’s catalog has plenty of shows and movies to keep you busy. Much of Crackle’s content comes from Sony subsidiaries like Columbia Pictures, Funimation, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Other content partners include Lions Gate Entertainment, Miramax, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. Chances are you’ll recognize many of the titles in Crackle’s catalog.
Crackle organizes its content into channels, such as Spotlight, Drama, Sportsball, Classic, Crime TV, Documentary, Stayin’ Inside With John Travolta, Reality, Movie Franchise, Horror, 2020: A Space Channel, Crackle Originals, Stand-Up Comedy Specials, Fandom Channel, Action, Thriller and New This Month. Overall, there are over 90 TV shows and nearly 700 movies in the service’s library.
One of Crackle’s main stand out features is its impressive collection of classic movies. You can enjoy titles such as: 8 Days, 3:10 to Yuma, Absence of Malice, Adaptation., Aeon Flux, Against the Dark, Alex of Venice, All The King’s Men, Anomalisa, Battlefield Earth, Bebe’s Kids, Bernie, Big Fish, The Blue Lagoon, Bob The Butler, Bottle Rocket, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Conversation, Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, Deadfall, The Devil’s Own, Dick, The Dictator, The Doors, Down To Earth, Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, Ernest Goes To School, Explorers, Failure To Launch, Five Easy Pieces, Gandhi, Gattaca, Ghost Town, The Gift, Glory, Godzilla 2000, The Grudge 2, Hot Rod, House Of Flying Daggers, The Illusionist, Layer Cake and a ton more.
Crackle also has several shows in its catalog, including: All In The Family, Fantasy Island, I Dream Of Jeannie, Just Shoot Me, NewsRadio, Roseanne, Sanford, The Critic, The Partridge Family, Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack and What’s Happening Now!! More modern programming includes: Forensic Files, Hell’s Kitchen, Men at Work, Speed with Guy Martin, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live and a few others.
Crackle has a few original shows that are exclusive to its service. It might not have as many originals as Netflix, but for a free service, any original show is a huge bonus. Crackle Originals include Chosen, Cleaners, Going From Broke, Hidden Heroes, On Point, On The Ropes, The Oath, Snatch, StartUp and Ski Master Academy. It also has original films like Action Figures 2, Angel of Death, Backwash, Buried Alive, Extraction, In The Cloud, Mad Families, Office Uprising, Party Boat, The Art Of More, The Bannen Way and The Throwaways.
Crackle doesn’t offer live sports, but it has sports-related programming, like On Point, ’85: The Greatest Team In Football, Necessary Roughness and Ponchao. Crackle also has a nice collection of stand-up specials, including: Adam Newman: Fuzzies, Andrew Santino: Home Field Advantage, Cameron Esposito: Marriage Material, Carie Karavas: Men, Flaws and Menopause, Doug Stanhope: No Place Like Home, Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell ’em I Said It!, Fahim Anwar: There’s No Business Like Show Business, Iliza Shlesinger: War Paint, Janeane Garofalo: If I May, Joey Coco Diaz: Sociably Unacceptable, Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Nick Di Paolo: Inflammatory, Rob Schneider: Soy Sauce and The Holocaust, The Queens Of Comedy and many more.
Crackle Costs And Plans
Crackle costs absolutely nothing, which means as long as you’re willing to sit through ads you’ll be able to watch until your heart’s content. Like other free streaming services, Crackle only has one plan.
Crackle Compatible Devices
There are a variety of devices that support the Crackle app, including smartphones, game consoles, smart TVs and web browsers. Android and iOS mobile devices are also compatible with the service. It also works with casting devices like Amazon Fire TV + Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku. There are also apps for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, if you have Nintendo you won’t be able to stream Crackle since a compatible app doesn’t exist. Crackle comes pre-loaded on certain LG, Samsung and Vizio smart TVs.
If you’re on your laptop or prefer to watch Crackle through its web player, you can simply log in to your account on Crackle’s website. Or if you’d prefer not to create an account, that’s okay too. Simply click on a video to start watching.
Simultaneous Streams And Offline Viewing
Crackle doesn’t offer simultaneous streaming or multiple user profiles. But everyone in your household can create their own account for free. The service doesn’t permit you to download content to watch offline, so you’ll need to have internet access to view videos and shows.
Crackle Streaming Quality
Crackle only offers standard-definition (SD) streaming. The service doesn’t give you the option to change the image resolution.
Crackle Web Interface
Crackle’s interface features a black background accented with the brand’s classic orange. From the top menu bar, you can sign in and activate devices. Once you sign in, you have the option to alter your specifications via Settings. From there, you can adjust features such as parental controls, captions, updates and notifications. You can also access Google Play and the App Store and link gaming and casting devices like Apple TV and PlayStation 4 from the Settings menu.
Hit the Crackle icon to navigate to the home page, which has a search tool and sections for TV shows and movies. Below the menu is a selection of spotlighted content and popular titles. You’ll find several scrollable watchlists in each section.
Can I Cut the Cable TV Cord With Crackle?
Crackle is a free streaming service that offers a decent on-demand experience. You won’t find a lot of new episodes, news or sports, but the service’s exclusives and originals make it worth a try. Crackle works best if you’re using it in addition to either a traditional TV provider or a streaming service like AT&T TV Now, Hulu + Live TV or Sling TV. Or if you don’t feel like paying for TV, you can combine Crackle with a free service like Pluto TV or an HD antenna that’ll provide access to news and sports from local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates.
Current as of June 2020*
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