Crackle streaming review: Product, price and features
A free service with a streaming library that falls a little behind the times with its TV shows and movies options.
Crackle is an ad-supported streaming service, offering hours of free content. Though it’s compatible with any device — and even integrated into a couple — its titles are primarily dated B movies and 90s Sitcoms.
Pros and cons
- Free.No need to sign up or download an app to start streaming.
- 100+ movies and TV shows. Mainly a selection of older titles.
- Parental controls. Keep tabs on what’s being watched with a quick toggle.
- Ads. In order to remain free, there’s an ad or two during every program.
- Time-limits. All titles are subject to going away and reappearing at a whim’s notice.
What features does Crackle offer?
In addition to its free-streaming library, you can access extra features by signing up for an account.
Stay up-to-date with Crackle’s revolving door of programs with a subscription. The newsletter provides information about the movies and TV shows coming and going and when to expect them.
With an account saving a TV show or movie for later to watch later — even create an entire queue. But you’ll need an Internet connection to watch.
Sync across devices
Save and start programs across devices by logging in.
Closed captions are available on every title in the streaming library. How you enable them depends on the device you use, Crackle provides directions on its help page.
What devices are compatible with Crackle?
While Crackle is available on many devices, it’s only completely compatible with devices that have been upgraded to fit the latest version of the Crackle app.
Smart TV devices:
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- VIZIO TV
- LG TV
- Samsung TV
Desktop and laptop devices:
- Mac OSX
- Android TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
How much does Crackle cost?Crackle is free to all subscribers, paid for through ads. It doesn’t offer ad-free subscription options.
What can I watch with Crackle?Crackle has a limited streaming library of movies and TV shows. There are plenty of titles to choose from, but not many from the last five years. And not all titles stick around too long.
A few movies and TV shows you can catch right now include:
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- The Exorcist
- Running with Scissors
- Fantasy Island
- Just Shoot Me
- The Spectacular Spider-Man
What Internet speeds does Crackle recommend?
To make the most of your free streaming experience, Crackle recommends an Internet connection of at least 9Mbps.
Frequently asked questions
Alex Shea is a tech and telco writer for Finder, helping readers to break down the details of streaming TV, gaming, sports and more. A storyteller through and through, Alex’s work is published in Allbodies and Obsev Studios. She’s also the author of I Don’t Know Yet, a book of poetry and prose. She’s completing her degree in environmental science and traveling every chance she gets.
If you like to explore older or lesser-known TV shows and movies for free, then you could be happy with Crackle. With a streaming library that seems to be filled with the misfits of Internet TV, there’s little new content to watch, and nothing mainstream. If you’re looking for more up-to-date viewing options without ads, check out some other streaming services that better suit your tastes.