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LAST UPDATED: January 20th, 2024

Crackle is a refreshing take on video on demand because it is free.  For being free, Crackle is available on a lot of different devices so that you can enjoy your viewing experience on the go. The company has been in business for over ten years and is a great streaming TV option. 

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The Good

  • Free service
  • High quality selection
  • Great features

Completely Free

Streaming media is completely free with Crackle from movies to original series.

Top-Rated Library

Crackle has a small library, but their library is of high-quality.  The library has standard movie classics, original series, and many outstanding TV series.

User Watch List

Crackle has several "channels" in the form of watch lists. These lists organize shows by categories such as 90s Flashbacks, Award Winning Documentaries, etc. Crackle isn't one of the big players in the streaming TV industry but they definitely have some great features to their services.  The big pull for Crackle is that they are free. Movies, TV episodes, and original series are all free to watch at any time.

The Bad

  • No ad-free options
  • Small library
  • No HD quality

Streaming with Ads

All of Crackle's movies, TV episodes, and original series are available to watch for free, but with ads and commercials. There is no ad-free viewing.

Small Library

Crackle has a very small library for users to choose from.  However, they are all free to watch.

Library doesn't Include Every TV Episode from Series

With a free service, subscribers can't expect to see every episode from every series. This makes it difficult to watch the series with any frequency and in order.

No HD Video Compatibilities

While Crackle runs with a decent streaming speed, at this time, the platform does not support HD video. Crackle has many great features to their streaming TV services, however, there are a few drawbacks. The main drawback is that users can't watch anything without ads and commercials. This is understandable considering Crackle is completely free, but a no-ads option could increase the user experience. Also, Crackle has a very small library for users to choose from and doesn't have all episodes in TV series.  Users aren't able to watch all episodes in a series which is frustrating.

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The Bottom Line

For those who want to stream popular content for free, Crackle is an excellent option. While subscribers don't necessarily appreciate the repeated advertising, as well as the frequency of the commercial breaks, the great titles make up for some of the issues with this platform. Crackle has also been viewed as a great way to "fill in the gaps" with what you can't find on Netflix and Hulu. We recommend considering Crackle's streaming TV services. However, we recommend reviewing the top rated companies before making a final decision.

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Mad Max OR

Streaming movie, and keeps getting error messages, have to reload from start and fast forward, intermittent volume. Watched many streaming services since Covid began, this has been the worst.

1 year ago


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Abigail scoville American Fork, UT

crackle is a confusing mess. I can never navigate it and know what I am doing. The way it is set up is overall confusing and frustrating to figure out.

5 years ago


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Carolynn West Jordan, UT

More older movies on here when I checked it out. Not what I was looking for.

5 years ago