All About Crackle TV

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

Crackle Home Menu
Crackle Home Menu. Screen Image by Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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

Unlike Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Vudu, and many other 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 has changed and Crackle now offers full length movies and TV shows, including 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 2016/17 some content offerings include (Partial Lists):

Crackle Originals

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Sports Jeopardy
  • The Art of More
  • Chosen
  • Cleaners

Classic TV Series

  • All In The Family
  • Firefly
  • Hart to Hart
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Mad About You
  • Married With Children
  • The Shield
  • The Steve Harvey Show

Movies

  • 50 first dates
  • Adaptation
  • Anaconda
  • Army of Darkness
  • Attack The Block
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High
  • Godzilla Films (MechaGodzilla II, Space Godzilla, Destroyah, Final Wars)
  • Heavy Metal
  • Insidious
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Saving Silverman
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Thing (John Carpenter version)

More Crackle Info

Crackle also offers a free sign up option that provides a more personalized experience, 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.

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

Also, if you already subscribe to Netflix, even though Crackle is free, it would be not be wise to cancel Netflix, as there are some offerings that on both services that are exclusive, and, of course, Crackle has a more limited selection of content and commercials. Also, while Netflix adds dozens of new TV shows and movies every month, Crackle adds perhaps less than 10.

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 it outputs standard resolution (480p) 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 an reformatted by Robert Silva