There’s a ridiculous amount of streaming services to choose from out there. And while most are paid subscriptions, there are some free options that are making our favorite movies and TV shows accessible to the penny pinchers. Netflix is the dominant force in streaming services right now, and while it’s fantastic, it has more major flaws, and many users aren’t even comfortable paying the small premium for their content.

Crackle does away with paid subscriptions and costly satellite installations to stream your favorite shows. It’s a 100% free service from Sony and it’s been that way for close to a decade now. Of course, you can’t expect it to have the same vast catalog as Netflix or Hulu for Android, but that doesn’t mean it’s now worth your time.

There is one big question that’s probably on your mind right about now though. Why haven’t you heard of “Crackle & Chill”? Why aren’t more people using this service? Well folks, it all comes down to getting what you pay for. So while the selection is more sparse and the quality isn’t supreme, Crackle is just what you may need when you’re in a pinch. So read on to find out what the Crackle movie app is all about and if it deserves your attention.

Crackle content

The main feature with content on Crackle seems to be around action and comedy with quite a few movies that fall into both categories, and a few other scattered shows across other genres. If you need an adrenaline rush or just a good laugh after a hard day of work, you may just find it on Crackle. Some notable shows you may have heard of or may be interested in:

Seinfeld

One of the most popular comedies from the 90s, this “show about nothing” can be streamed from Crackle for free.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

This is Crackles first breakout series and probably its best. Jerry Seinfeld combines his love for cars and comedy in one of the most hilarious shows we’ve seen in a while.

Happy Endings

This show was fairly underrated when it was released on ABC a few years back but it slowly grew into a crowd favorite. You can catch the series on Crackle.

Shaun of the Dead

Nothing beats watching Simon Pegg trying to survive and apocalypse. Shaun of the Dead is a comedy horror classic made in 2004, so if you’re keen to watch it, download Crackle for Android now.

Point Break

Keanu Reeves is possibly the most humble and beloved celebrity out there, and it’s always nostalgic to look back on his older movies and be slapped with the realization that the John Wick actor doesn’t age. Not to mention Point Break has some amazing stunts and memorable moments.

Gattaca

This dystopian science-fiction film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman is one that very few people understood, but deserves credit for its accurate glimpse into the future and escalating tension keeping you on the edge of your seat. Catch it on Crackle.

Stranger Than Fiction: In this movie, we get to see another side to Will Ferrel in a restrained and delightfully charming role. The movie revolves around the main character suddenly hearing a voice narrating his life and his demise as he attempts to find love while avoiding his cruel fate.

Is Crackle free?

Well, Crackle is certainly 100% free to use and can be accessed from nearly any modern device. So it’s essentially a no-cost alternative to paid subscriptions but may not fill the gap if you’re looking for Netflix levels of content. It’s important to note that Crackle supports itself by running ads before shows start, so bear this in mind. Ads are usually around 30 seconds but can go anywhere between 1-8 ads before you get to watch what you came for. But don’t worry, they generally only last 2-3 minutes.

Interestingly enough, Crackle doesn’t even have a premium option, so you can be sure there’s no way to be charged for the service even if you wanted to. Another thing to note is, while they lack a subscription, they claim to show you fewer adverts if you sign up with your Facebook account.

Crackle or Netflix

There’s no competition here when it comes to which service is higher quality and more comprehensive. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to choose Crackle over the world’s most popular streaming site.

Firstly, Crackle is free and probably always will be. This its unique selling point. It does certainly have some gems in its library and some cracking movies, but a lot of the series are strangely incomplete. They do make updates monthly though, keeping the line up as fresh as possible. As far as free streaming services go, Crackle is a hard one to look past. If you want some of the best original shows and movies at a premium, Netflix is the obvious choice.

Installing Crackle to your device

Installing Sony Crackle APK to your Android smart device is fairly simple. Click on the green ‘Download’ button associated with this article and make sure you have downloads from unknown sources enabled on your device. This is a necessary step as the app isn’t available on the Play Store. Once your download is complete, open the APK file and install it to your desired folder on your device. Then log in with your Facebook account and get that sweet reduced ads deal.

Grab the popcorn

The guys at Sony have done us all a solid by releasing a service that is 100% free with no strings attached (apart from the ads). The Crackle movie app expects nothing from its dear users, only that we log in, watch a few ads and enjoy. So make good use of your time procrastinating when you should be working and go ahead and catch some obscure comedies with this app. Let’s face it, you’ve got nothing better to do and certainly nothing to lose.