New TV and movie streaming services is raised every day. Yet free and direct flow is still a rarity – so much so that it seems too good to be true. But Sony Crackle is a reality. This ad-supported streaming service is completely free in the US and Australia and has been around for almost a decade. If you haven't heard it yet, it could be because it changed its name several times – first Grouper, then Crackle and now Sony Crackle.
However, it has improved over the years and currently offers a good variety of well-known movies and TV shows. So, if you're looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, we'll explain how to stream on Sony Crackle, its pros and cons, and suggest content worth checking out. Let's start!
How to stream movies and apps on Sony Crackle
One of the great things about Sony Crackle is that you can stream movies and apps to a wide variety of devices. You can access it on your computer via the service's website, on your tablet or smartphone via its Android or iOS application. It is even available in a variety of smart TVs and game consoles, including PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox one, Amazon Fire TV, and more.
The interface is minimalist and easy to use. On the front page of the website and mobile application you will find movies and shows, but you can also sort by recently added, most popular as well as genre or alphabet. Under the movies and TV series you will also find trailers and clips.
As mentioned before, it's all free for your viewing space. You don't even have to make an account on Sony Crackle. However, we recommend getting one anyway, as it allows you to create a Watch later list and you will not have to enter your birth date repeatedly when you want to watch R-rated movies.
Film and show section
If everything looks good so far, ask yourself if the content on the platform is good too. While not at all the big library of the holders of Netflix and Hulu, Sony Crackle has a few tricks on it. The streaming service has about 150 feature-length movies and 75 series that you can choose.
Crackle content is regularly rotated – some movies and programs are removed while new ones are added. It may not sound like that, but there is something for everyone. Both action and comedy or mashups are particularly prominent. For example, you can enjoy cult classics such as Starship Troopers, Kung Fu Hustle and Zombieland. Interestingly, there is also a large variety of Japanese anime series and movies, including classics such as Satoshi Kon's Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers, and popular programs such as Steins Gate.
You can also stumble on critically acclaimed Hollywood movies like Whiplash or the popular "show about nothing" Seinfeld. So, while the choice is not large, you can discover some cool content that you will rarely find elsewhere. This also applies because Sony Crackle has launched and will continue to launch new original series such as The Ed, investigating a world of crime and gangs. The show already has two seasons and is managed by 50 Cent. It's also star Ryan Kwanten, which you probably know of HBO's hit hit True Blood.
As you can see, Crackle is more than worth checking out, especially because you don't lose anything. It's free! The only complaint anyone can have is the overall video quality – it's not 4K at all, but it was more than decent when we tested it at a laptop and a tablet.
What about the ads?
So, there must be a catch, right? As mentioned before, Sony Crackle ad is supported. Although there is nothing wrong with this business model – we've won the app market – some users will inevitably be annoyed by the frequency of the ads.
Ad breaks are as common as those on TV, but the ads themselves are often shorter. You will usually have to put in a 30 second ad before starting your movie or episode of choice. This will be followed by 2-3 shorter ads if you look at a view, but up to nine if you watch a movie longer than 1 hour 30 minutes. However, we do not regard this as a major problem. After all, there are paid subscription streaming services that also serve ads while Sony Crackle is free. The only major annoyance comes from the fact that ads can severely interrupt serious movie moments.
Ad breaks are as common as those on TV, but the ads themselves are often shorter.
Of course, Sony Crackle's business model also means you can't download movies or apps for later offline viewing. Although it may be disappointing for some, it is understandable to use the service, depending on advertising for its revenue, and currently has no premium, advertising free version.
But at the end of the day, the ads are worth going through – Sony Crackle is a convenient streaming service that can't just replace Netflix and Hulu for you, but it can definitely & # 39; fill some gaps and entertain you with hours.
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Have you tried Sony Crackle? What was your favorite movie or show on the platform? Let us know in the comments.