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If it required a paid subscription, Crackle would fall to the bottom among streaming movie providers. However, it's free, and very much worth checking out if your hardware supports it.
Small library, big hits. Once again, content is limited to Sony-produced and -owned fare, just more than 60 series at last look. On the plus side, the lineup includes some long-running favorites such as "Seinfeld" and "Rescue Me," as well as some short-lived flops. No current series are included, but you will find a handful of Crackle original series, mostly of the short webisode variety.
Lots of ways to view. Crackle is available on a pretty good selection of home electronics gear. That includes smart TVs and Blu-ray players from most makers, with Panasonic being one obvious omission. It's also available on Sony and Microsoft game consoles, but not Nintendo. Set-top box support is available on Roku and Apple TV devices.
Top 10 Online Streaming Video Services, Marshall Honorof, Jan. 1, 2014
Crackle is among the top online streaming video services according to this article at Tom's Guide. "If you crave pop cinema, Crackle could be the best thing to happen to your TV since afternoon basic cable," Marshall Honorof says.
Crackle for Android Review: Stream Movies and TV Shows for Free, Jaymar Cabebe, May 7, 2013
CNET reviews Crackle on Android mobile devices, although many of the comments apply to the service on any platform. Jaymar Cabebe notes that you won't find anything beyond basic cable fare and programs are interrupted on occasion by commercials, but Crackle is still worthwhile as "one of the few legit apps on the market that provides completely free streaming of television shows, movies, and other video content."
Taking Killers and Thrillers to the Web, Mike Hale, Oct. 14, 2013
Mike Hale looks at the original programming on Crackle. "As perfectly competent, occasionally inspired B-grade genre entertainment, they stand up well alongside the second tier of basic-cable drama: History, Hallmark, Lifetime," he says.