Sony's Crackle expands movie lineup
The site, which competes with Hulu, is targeting men aged 18 to 34 with a now-heftier list of full-length films. What's unclear is whether the same flicks will head to YouTube.
Crackle, the video site owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, has expanded its feature film lineup, which means that you can now watch "Groundhog Day" or "Spider-Man 2" at the office, if your boss isn't looking.
Crackle now hosts "nearly 100" full-length features, according to a release, and "dozens more" are on the way. There's also a pop-culture trivia game called "Crackle Cinemactive."
What's not clear is whether these movies will soon be on their way to YouTube, where Sony is one of a number of content partners. YouTube has agreed to use a Crackle player when showing Sony content, and Crackle will get a cut of the ad revenue.
Sony Hulu, a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., Crackle has a target audience: men ages 18 to 34. That's what Sony hopes will make it more advertiser-friendly., a year after it acquired video site Grouper for $65 million. Unlike bigger video hub
"Our movie lineup is unmatched online," Eric Berger, Sony Pictures Television's senior vice president of digital content, said in a release. "These are the movies that matter for guys 18 to 34, and this is the next step in creating our direct-to-consumer network."