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Crackle Review: The Ultimate Free Streaming Service


Who doesn’t love free TV and Movies? I’ve reviewed many streaming services on Grounded Reason, and while I’ve mentioned it in a few articles, I’ve never really sung the praises of Crackle TV.

With 100% free movies and TV shows, there is a lot to love about the service. And considering it’s been around for over a decade, I figured it’s about time I’ve given Crackle it’s due.

What is Crackle TV

Crackle TV is a completely free streaming service owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. The service features movies, TV and original programming that rotate on a monthly basis. While there are ads, it’s hard to complain about the price tag of $0.

I’m typically wary of free products, but Crackle TV is top notch.  They have a great selection of movies and TV people would actually want to watch. They’ve most recently added a feature called “Always On”, allows you to search for shows while watching another movie or show.

Originally called “Grouper”, Crackle TV has been around since the early 2000’s. They were rebranded as Crackle TV soon after being purchased by Sony in 2006.

Crackle: Free Movies and TV

Crackle’s Movie and TV library frequently feature films from Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, and Sony Pictures Classics. You will also find many TV shows distributed by Sony like Seinfeld.

For a free service, there is a ton of quality programming available. For instance, at the time of this writing, I can watch great shows like “News Radio”, “Heroes”, and “The Sheild”

Feel like a movie instead? Well, what about “So I Married an Axe Murder”, “Flatliners”, or  “Stranger Than Fiction”.  The content on Crackle TV updates monthly, but there are always quality TV and movies available.

Original Programming

Aside from a whole host of familiar Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror and Sci-fi Movies and TV, Crackle TV also offers quality original programming. Below is a brief synopsis of their best shows.

Chosen – An action thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia from the hit series “Heroes.” Ventimiglia plays a lawyer and father Ian Mitchel who one day receives a mysterious box containing a gun. The box also contained a picture and instructions to kill the person in the picture.

Mitchell is then thrust into a lethal game orchestrated by a shadowy organization known as “The Watchers.” Chosen was just renewed for a 4th season.

Other original program includes “Snatch”, “Startup”, and “Sports Jeopardy!

Crackle Device Support

Crackle TV can be viewed in your Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari browser, but can also be streamed to your television with any of the following supported devices:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Samsung Connected TV
  • LG Connected TV
  • Visio Connected TV
  • Bravia Connected TV
  • Toshiba Connected TV
  • Fire TV
  • Chromecast
  • Samsung Blu-ray players
  • LG Blu-ray players
  • Sony Blu-ray players

You can also watch Crackle TV by downloading their app on your mobile device. Crackle TV supports a whole host of smart devices. The Crackle TV app runs on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. To download the app check out all the numerous platforms that run Crackle TV.

I typically don’t expect much from a free service, but Crackle TV is easily one of the better internet TV networks out there. I frequently check in to see what new TV and movies they have available. It’s nice a tool to have in any cord cutters arsenal.

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Dennis Restauro :Dennis is the founder of Grounded Reason. He also hosts the Grounded Reason Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: Follow Dennis on Twitter

View Comments (5)

  • crackle doesn't play on my chrome browser on my imac. It was playing just fine for a while then stopped and all i get is a black screen

    • Sorry to hear that. Here are some things to check.

      1. Make sure you are using at least Chrome version 44 (You likely are. You can check by going to Chrome -> About Google Chrome)
      2. Make sure your computer is running the latest version of Flash. You can download the latest version of Flash here
      3. On Chrome, click on the puzzle piece on the right side of the address bar and choose “Always Allow plugins on http://www.crackle.com.

      If you still can't watch after these steps, contact their support.

  • It’s crappy. Streaming sucks. Some movies never start and others will start buffering and never come back on.....have yet to see the last 20 minutes of Joe Dirt 2. Would never consider paying.

  • This service is a hidden gem, almost nobody where I work knows about it, I've turned a few people on to it. Really nice to have where ever you go, and the original series are good too

  • bought a Spectre 32' LED smart tv for our mother ,set up crackle account on her ipad but unable to obtain "activation code" & only 4 brand TV choices - does anyone know if Spectre TVs will work for crackle? thx