How to Watch Free Movies and TV on the iPad With Crackle

While more and more people are cutting the cord to cable, many are finding the savings aren't quite as much as they may have thought. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other streaming video apps, the monthly subscription costs can really add up. But did you know there's an absolutely free service with some pretty good content? Crackle has been around for years, and rather than collect a monthly fee, it inserts advertisements into the content. This makes it a great way to watch movies and TV without the subscription costs.

Sony Crackle started out as Grouper before being purchased by Sony and being recast as Crackle. In early 2018, they added Sony to the name, becoming Sony Crackle. The service is available across the spectrum of platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV among others. Similar to Netflix and Amazon, Crackle has started producing its own content.

How to Watch Free Movies and TV Using Crackle

Getting started is as simple as downloading the Sony Crackle app. The app is free and there are no monthly fees or in-app purchases. When you first boot up the app, you can choose to create an account. If you want to skip the line, you can simply sign in as a guest and start watching.

Why create an account? The account allows Crackle to store items to you watch list, so you can save movies to watch later. It will also keep track of your progress through a series, so you can start where you left off. But perhaps the biggest perk is the ability to resume that movie you couldn't finish the night before.

Crackle makes money through advertisements, but they are generally less intrusive than the ads you will get on Hulu, which is a paid service that also includes ads.

Top Five Movies You Can Watch on Sony Crackle

Understandably, Crackle doesn't have the library of Netflix or Hulu. But there are a number of great movies available for streaming.

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence. A Steven Spielberg flick about a boy's journey home. Only the boy is a robot.
  • I Spy. Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. Need we say more?
  • The Grudge. The classic horror movie with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Big Fish. A great movie for the whole family.
  • Spanglish. Remember when Adam Sandler went serious?

Top Five TV Series on Crackle

Crackle has both original content and some great classic TV available for streaming.

  • Community. The show that put Joel McHale, Donald Glover and others on the map. Oh, and there's Chevy Chase.
  • Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. One of the best TV shows canceled after two seasons you'll find.
  • Sports Jeopardy. It's Jeopardy. With Sports.
  • Heroes. Do they really have to save the cheerleader?
  • Grinder. Rob Lowe as a TV lawyer turned sort-of real lawyer.