While there are many websites that offer you legitimate content, there are only a handful legal websites which provide you free movies online. Crackle is one of them. Crackle movies carry their allegiance from Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Hence, while getting minimally disturbed by ads, you can watch hundreds of full-length movies and TV shows for free!
Like Crackle, there are too many websites, such as Tubi TV, Yidio, Viewster, etc. which provide free streaming content. You should know how to check the legality of a website before you even think of watching any movie or TV series. Let us find out more about Crackle.
What is Crackle?
It is a free video streaming website that features movies and TV shows of all almost all genres such as Comedy, Horror, Action, Crime, Drama, and Sci-Fi.
It was started in 2004 by the name Grouper as a free videos website.
Soon, Sony bought it after two years with different plans in mind. Sony showed interest in the idea of providing free videos and creating a production house only for the internet.
Thus, came Crackle.com, the free movies and TV shows portal which would later work on multiple platforms like Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, XBox, Apple TV, Sony Bravia TV, etc.
Many original shows aired on Crackle for the first time such as Chosen, SuperMansion, Sports Jeopardy, StartUp, etc. making it a worthy competitor of many online distributors & media streaming giants such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
Expansion of Crackle
It has been quite a long time since Crackle came into being. However, there are only a few countries where you would be able to enjoy free videos streaming.
With a steady market in the US, Canada, Australia and 18 other countries in Latin America, it is still not available in many countries like India, Germany, UK, etc.
However, other media streaming companies are providing some TV shows and movies in these countries that initially aired on Crackle.
Example, StartUp, an American TV show that aired in September 2016 on Crackle, is now shown by Amazon Prime in India.
Days of our lives (a famous American TV show, which you may also know from the memorable TV show – F.R.I.E.N.D.S) aired in Australia through Crackle and solved the long existing problem of delayed content/episodes. But, later, they closed down the operations in Australia as well.
Therefore, the first requirement for using this is to be in a country where it is accessible.
Requirements to watch movies and TV shows
All you need is a:
- Operating System – Windows XP, Vista, 7, 10, or Mac OS X
Crackle Movies and TV Shows
Sony refreshes the content on the website every month. So, make sure to watch any movie while it is live on the website.
They provide you content through two ways:
- Originally Producing and Distributing – Shows like ‘Comedians in cars getting coffee’, a Seinfeld show (now moving to Netflix), Chosen, Snatch, Sports Jeopardy, SuperMansion, Mad Families – a Charlie Sheen starrer comedy movie, etc. are some of the original shows and movies.
- Providing content through partners – The list of content partners of Crackle has some of the biggest names in the media industry: Fox Digital, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, etc.
While Crackle movies portal is a great resource to watch movies online for free. There are a few drawbacks with using any of free subscription websites.
One of the major issues is that the content posted will be old, maybe very old. So, if you’re planning to watch new movies online, forget about it. The websites showing you CAM, 480p, 720p HD, etc. prints of new movies are not legitimate websites and showcase pirated content.
It’s better to get a paid subscription on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. instead of watching pirated content online.
Do you know of any other legitimate portal like Crackle.com to watch movies online for free? Let us know in the comments below.