The iPhone – as small as it is – can be a great platform for watching video on the go or while out of the house. However, most videos available for the little device are through the user-generated YouTube or paid subscription media services. Rarely will you find something good to watch for free.
That’s where the Crackle app comes in, a handy little app with free Hollywood video content available to watch. No, we aren’t kidding. The app has partnered with several big name companies to bring high quality content to your pocket for absolutely zero cost. While there may be ads and a more limited selection than paid services, the app is sure to be a hit wherever you go.
The Crackle app offers a range of popular movies and shows that you likely have heard of before. Included were even A Knight’s Tale and Married With Children among other titles that most people would be familiar with. What is peculiar about this is the fact that the app is free – entirely, utterly free. You really can’t argue with that. (Oh, and it’s legal, too!)
With that said, unlike Hulu Plus for iPhone or Netflix for iPhone, you will run into a few video ads while using the app. However, since Hulu Plus and Netflix cost money, this is highly forgivable. Somebody has to pay for all this goodness! Even still, the two video content services outweigh Crackle as far as title selections go.
In short, you will likely find what you are wanting to watch using Hulu and Netflix. This is as opposed to Crackle, which is good for browsing and discovering something to watch. The app pulls all of its content from Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Classics, so you are limited in this aspect.
Everything is in a sleek black and orange design, and while browsing, an ad bar runs across the bottom of the screen. You’re able to separately browse both a movie library and a TV show library, which display the selections like any old video rental store shelf.
One thing that I didnt like was the fact that the app initially showcases its featured titles whenever you go to these libraries. There is a browse all option, but if I’m already headed to these libraries, I intended to browse everything available anyway. It’s just another (petty) hoop to jump through.
Despite this one minor issue, I’d sum the app’s interface up in one word: functional. There isn’t a legitimate reason to complain, and generally speaking, everything works. You’d be hard pressed to find a reason to dislike the look of this app.
Overall, the reliability of the app is great! Videos play as they should, and the quality is just what you would expect out of an app like this. I encountered no problems or errors while watching the films and TV shows. I would compare its functionality to the Netflix app, for the virtually operate in the same exact manner. With a free Crackle account, you can even set up watchlists.
Honestly, I couldn’t really find any issues with the Crackle app. It does what it says it will do, and you can’t complain too much whenever an app does that. As a note, the app’s titles are updated monthly with occasional changes, and it works over Airplay for those of you wanting to use the big screen.
That’s it for Crackle, a great app for watching all kinds of movies and television shows. It may not have an advantage over the competition as far as content goes, but with its price tag, it’s likely to stick around a bit longer. The ad-supported model of content sharing has typically been successful in the past, so I see Crackle evolving in the future. More titles are added every month, so who knows what the app will offer in the future?
Let’s turn things to you, though.
What do you think about the Crackle app? For those of you already using the app, do you enjoy the selections that are currently available? Do you wish that the app would add any more titles? How do you feel about ads instead of paid subscriptions? Let us know your opinions in the comments.
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