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Crackle Free Streaming Service Review: Best for Original Content

With titles like Snatch, Angel of Death, and Trenches, Crackle is the best free streaming service with a good selection of original content.

Crackle Free Streaming Service

Crackle Free Streaming Service

Crackle has up to 700 movies, a pretty vast selection for a free streaming service. A detailed overview shows the service has a more extensive movie library than paid options like CBS All Access.

  • Brand: Crackle
  • Live TV: No
  • Founded: 2004

Evaluation

Crackle is an excellent option for users looking for free streaming services with a decent selection of original shows and TV shows. The TV series titles are pretty compelling, including On Point.

Pros

  • Great movie selection
  • Reliable streaming performance

Cons

  • Content not available offline
  • Doesn’t support live TV
4.0/5
Overall
Content
4.5
User experience
4
Streaming speed
4
Value for money
3.5

The details

Crackle is one of the few streaming services offering to stream movies, TV shows, and other free video content. Like any other free streaming services, it’s ad-supported, but the amount of content makes it worth trying.

Content

Since this is a free streaming service, it doesn’t offer the latest movie or TV show lineup. However, it still has a wide variety of programs, including ‘the Walking Dead,’ ‘The Three Stooges,’ ‘Dexter,’ and ‘Homeland.’

You also enjoy a good dose of original shows like Sequestered, Startup, Snatch, The Oath, Cleaners, to mention a few. As for the movies section, Crackle broadcasts titles on rotation on regular cable networks. This means you won’t get new titles but can still find something worth watching.

User interface

Crackle’s user interface is pretty similar to that of Netflix and HBO Go. The Home screen displays featured content while the navigation buttons direct you to the Movies, personal Watch list, and Shows pages. All the content is laid out in an attractive thumbnail view, but you can set it up in the basic view list.

Streaming speed

All Crackle’s content is available on a standard definition which is good and bad news. On the one hand, with speeds as little as 9 Mbps, you can enjoy a buffer-free viewing experience. However, for big movie and TV buffs, SD definition is a bummer.

Value

With video streaming service prices skyrocketing, finding an affordable means of entertainment is a welcome idea for many households. Crackle is a viable solution for folks who don’t mind SD video content and a few on-demand shows. And having added a few original shows, Crackle makes a decent free watch.

Final verdict

Like any other free streaming service, you’d have to make a few trade-offs when subscribing to Crackle. First, the video content is restricted to SD, which means users are limited to streaming high-quality movies in 720p.

Also, the number of ads is pretty annoying. During our test, we found short films riddled with thirty-second ads. Well, its movie selection and few original shows compensate for this inconvenience.

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