I made a very interesting discovery the other day — free video streaming that was legal. Crackle.com is my latest discovery and I love it. Sure, it’s got some older programming and some commercials, but it’s free and they aren’t skimpy on their offerings.
My husband and I had planned to sit down for a quiet evening watching a few episodes of “Supernatural” on Netflix. While I waited for him to finish his PvP battle, I decided to play around with my Samsung Blu-Ray player and went into what they call the “Smart Hub.” This is a feature that lets you download various applications such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and even some small games. I hadn’t looked in there since I got the player and had set up some of my basics. I have Netflix, Pandora and Vudu, and those are all that I really use, last time I looked nothing else had caught my interest.
Now there seems to be a lot more in there and quite a few icons briefly caught my interest. Some even intrigued me enough that I looked at their descriptions. I found that a lot of what is in there is foreign or uninteresting to me. And there are even a few that I might look at again sometime in the near future. There was one program that caught my interest called Crackle. I clicked and read the description on it and was astounded by what I found. “Watch free movies on your Samsung Smart TV. Crackle delivers full-length, uncut Hollywood movies and TV series — all for free and on demand …” It sounded too good to be true, but the application was there, so I thought I would give it a shot.
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Crackle is a totally free video streaming program that lets you watch movies and TV shows without even registering. They change their selection monthly, and believe it or not, this is all perfectly legal. It’s not one of those shady, fly-by-night websites that is going to get you hunted down for file sharing. It’s not a torrent and you don’t find bad videos with foreign subtitling. Crackle distributes programming primarily from Sony Pictures’ library. They offer a wide variety of television series and feature films. It also offers several features from the libraries of other studios.
It may not be current top hits, but you will find a lot of old favorites and be pleasantly surprised by their selection. They have hundreds of shows available in every category imaginable. Whether you are into anime or westerns, they seem to have it all. Crackle offers audiences high-quality programming in a variety of genres. Their selection includes comedy, action, sci-fi, horror and music.
Crackle even has their own original series called “Chosen,” which is a pretty interesting thriller. This is a six-part series in which a happily married, family man wakes up one day to find a box, on his doorstep. The box contains a gun and a photo of someone that he needs to kill. If he doesn’t carry through with it then he and his family are in danger. This went over so well that a second season has already been commissioned. As of this writing, I have only watched the first two episodes, but I am enjoying it.
Crackle’s videos are available in a wide variety of formats, including Apple and Android smartphones, Xbox 360 and the PS3. You can also watch them online or through a wide variety of Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players.
They started streaming on smartphones with website availability, then expanded into gaming systems. In January, Crackle announced expansion into LG, Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs. At the same time Samsung also added them to the Blu-Ray player web browser. Crackle is available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, Latin America and Brazil.
This is probably one of the easiest streaming programs available — simply download and watch. You don’t need to provide any personal information. Registering is free and allows you to create a playlist, gain access to R-rated movies and receive the Crackle newsletter, which will let you be one of the first to know about the new shows.
I’ve been watching it for less than a month, but I’ve already found a few of my old favorites and several shows I had forgotten about. Give Crackle a chance, I think you might be impressed by their free video streaming. After all, what do you have to lose? It’s totally free — the best price of all.