All About Crackle TV

The Crackle TV App Brings Free Movies and TV Shows to Media Streamers

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The internet is populated by an ever-growing abundance of TV and movie streaming services that are vying your attention.

One service that is worth checking out is Crackle. Crackle is available on many internet streaming capable devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast Media Streamers, Most Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and LeEco Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, PS3/4 and Xbox game consoles, PCs, and many smartphones and tablets (including Kindle).

However, unlike Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Vudu, and many other available services, Crackle does not charge any subscription or pay-per-view fees (in other words you can watch content on Crackle for free). However, there is a catch - Just like regular over-the-air and non-premium channel cable TV, there are commercials.

When Crackle first arrived on the scene it streamed only original content and "minisodes". The "minisodes" were five-minute edited versions of old ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s TV shows. The original episodes were condensed to show only scenes with major plot points. It was definitely an interesting approach to content presentation.

However, that approach has changed and Crackle now offers full length movies and TV shows, as well as full length original programming.

Crackle's online selection is definitely not as extensive as the other major streaming services, but they do offer some interesting choices, with the updated periodically.

As of 2017 some content offerings include (Partial Lists - Titles rotated in and out periodically):

Crackle Originals

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Sports Jeopardy
  • The Art of More
  • Chosen
  • Cleaners
  • Sequestered
  • Snatched
  • Super Mansion

Classic TV Series

  • All In The Family
  • Breaking In
  • Just Shoot Me
  • Mad About You
  • Malcom and Eddie
  • Seinfeld
  • The Shield
  • The Steve Harvey Show

Movies

  • The Sixth Day
  • Arlington Road
  • Attack The Block
  • Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon
  • Desperado
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Godzilla Films (Specific Titles Rotate In and Out)
  • Harry Brown
  • Heavy Metal/Heavy Metal 2000
  • In The Line of Fire
  • Old Boy (U.S. Version)
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
  • Priest
  • Snakes On A Plane

More Crackle Info

Crackle also offers a free sign up option. To activate your TV or other compatible device, Crackle will provide you with an activation code that you need to input on a network connected PC or mobile device.

If you sign-up for a Crackle account, you will have access to a more personalized experience (My Crackle), such as:

  • Recommendations based on what type of content you watch the most.
  • Pause and resume playback across multiple devices - such as moving from your PC to your TV.
  • Set up a Watch Later list, parental controls, and access viewing history.

Another thing to point out about Crackle is that while the TV shows may be uncut, they may not be uncensored.

If you already subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Vudu or other service, even though Crackle is free, it would be not be wise to cancel Netflix, as there are some offerings that on those other services that are exclusive, and, of course, Crackle has a more limited selection of content and commercials.

Also, while Netflix and other service may add dozens of new TV shows and/or movies every month, Crackle adds perhaps less than 10.

If you are a VUDU streaming service viewer, even though it is a pay-per-view service, it has begun to offer some free offerings of select older and less in-demand films (Vudu login still required) - probably to draw in more viewers looking for free streaming content.

In terms of internet speed, Crackle works with as little as 1mbps - but you may notice some slight pixelation or macroblocking - my suggestion, a minimum broadband speed of 2 to 3mbps is desirable.

In terms of video resolution, Crackle doesn't state anything formally on its website - However, it appears that only offers standard resolution (480p) quality only.

Look at it this way - you get what you pay, or don't pay, for.

For more details on Crackle, check out their Official FAQ Page

Note: As content offerings and service conditions change, this article will be updated.

Disclaimer: This article was originally authored and published by Barb Gonzalez on 04/20/2011. It has since been updated and reformatted by Robert Silva