Wish you could use Netflix but don’t own one of the few compatible devices? Here comes Crackle to the rescue! This app has just made its return from a mysterious disappearance. We’ll forgive them though, since this time around the $4.99 subscription is gone. That’s right. As the title implies, this service is completely free.
Though the title selection offered by Crackle is a bit overshadowed by the bigger guys (Netflix, Blockbuster, etc.), some of the movies and shows in there are quite impressive for a free service. I'm currently watching Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children again (I know, I'm a nerd), and the service works perfectly. There are also movies like Bad Boys, Quarantine, So I Married an Axe Murderer and classics like Ghostbusters.
Nothing in life is free, and there must be a catch, right? Well there is a little something you must bear--advertisements. The app plays a video ad before your movie/show starts, and you'll get interrupted by more video ads in the middle of your movie from time to time. I got the first interruption about 13 minutes into the movie. The ad lasted less than half a minute. This can become a bit of an annoyance, but it's hard to complain when something is free.
The only requirements are Android 2.2 and Flash. So if you're on the list, head over to the market and try out Crackle. Sadly, Crackle doesn't work on tablets yet, but more devices should be added to the list soon. For now, you'll have to make due using your smartphone. Don't forget to check out the press release for more details on Crackle's release, as well as an opportunity to win Crackle's $100 sweepstakes. Happy streaming! Let us know how it works for you and if this is a service that you prefer over the competition.
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Full-Length Hollywood Movies and Television Series on Android Platform
Follows Its Massively Successful iPhone and iPad App With a Launch on America’s #1 Smartphone Platform
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CULVER CITY, CA – (June 17, 2011) – Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s multi-platform video entertainment network, announced today that it is debuting a new free app for the AndroidTM platform. The Crackle app features ad supported full-length, unedited Hollywood films and television series.
Providing high-quality video streaming, the Crackle Android app offers users a unique, cost-free experience that includes unlimited viewing of the movies, TV series and Crackle original programming available on Crackle.com. Consumers can easily discover content in the Crackle app by browsing by movies, TV and originals or by genre, recently added and keyword search.
“We were thrilled with the reception that the Crackle iPhone and iPad app received this April and are extremely excited to now bring our unrivaled destination for un-cut feature films and television series to Android users,” said Phil Lynch, vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television. “The Android app furthers Crackle’s mission to provide curated content from our audiences’ favorite genres including action, comedy, crime, horror, thriller and sci-fi.”
The Crackle Android app release comes on the heels of Crackle’s successful launch on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That launch saw Crackle climb to the top of the US App store rankings (#1 free entertainment app; #1 overall free app on iPad), garner top five rankings in United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and net over two million downloads to date.
Key features of the Crackle Android app include:
· On demand viewing of hundreds of full-length movies and television series;
· Content is free to view with minimal commercial interruption;
· Access to Crackle’s award-winning Original Series;
· Ability to pause viewing, fast forward and resume playback where the user last left off;
· Ability to share via Facebook, Twitter and email;
· HQ (high-quality) streaming video and ability to watch on 3G or Wi-Fi.
· Ability to build and manage queues of content for viewing on the app or on Crackle.com
More than 200 films from studios including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and more are available to watch for free on the app. In addition the Crackle app offers 1,000 full-length television episodes. All films are delivered uncut and unedited –the way they were meant to be viewed. The film and TV offerings will be continuously refreshed, with new titles added every month.
The Crackle Android app is being released simultaneously in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, with programming adjusted per territory.
A sampling of the Crackle app’s current movie and TV offering in the US includes:
· Gridiron Gang
· Bad Boys
· Joe Dirt
· The Patriot
· The Mothman Prophecies
· Devil in a Blue Dress
· So I Married an Axe Murderer
· Reign Over Me
· Eight Millimeter
· “Married… With Children”
· “News Radio”
· “Jackie Chan Adventures”
· Over 900 episodes of anime including “Samurai X”
· Plus over 40 Crackle originals including: “The Bannen Way”, “Angel of Death”, “Jailbait”, “Urban Wolf” and more…
The Android launch is the latest in a series of major content expansions and product launches for Crackle this year. This includes Sony Internet TV, Roku streaming players, Sony’s Blu-ray players and Streaming Player, BRAVIA televisions, PlayStation 3 game consoles, Google TV and Google Chrome, in addition to the iPhone and iPad launch.
The Crackle Android app is available for free. Search ‘Crackle’ from Android MarketTM on your Android device or at https://market.android.com/.
Recommended for Android 2.2+ with Flash 10.1+.