Crackle for Android review: Stream movies and TV shows for free

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.9
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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Average User Rating

1 stars 1 user review

The Good All of Crackle's content is completely free. Some popular movies and relatively new TV shows are available for streaming.

The Bad No HD content. No search function.

The Bottom Line With a good selection of free TV shows and movies to stream, this app is a worthwhile download, even if the videos are in standard definition.

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Crackle is one of the few legit apps on the market that provides completely free streaming of television shows, movies, and other video content. Sure, it's ad-supported, and programs are occasionally interrupted by commercials, but considering the amount of content on offer, it's well worth it. The bad thing is that none of it is in HD.

If you've used Netflix or HBO Go on Android, then you'll probably notice that Crackle's user interface is similarly simple and intuitive. The Home screen starts you off with featured content, while the main navigation buttons lead to pages with Movies, Shows, and your personal Watchlist. Content is laid out in an attractive tiled thumbnail view, or you can switch to a basic list view, if you like.

Because Crackle is completely free, it doesn't exactly offer all of the latest and greatest shows and movies for streaming. That said, it still has a wide selection of programs available, and not all of them are obscure. For instance, I spotted old TV favorites like "Seinfeld," "Sanford and Son," and "The Three Stooges," plus a few newer hits like "Homeland," "Dexter," and "The Walking Dead." Of course, you won't be able to find every episode for every series, but in many cases, you'll get a dozen or so to choose from. A newer series like "Dexter," though, might only offer an episode or two.

Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

As far as movies go, most of what Crackle offers are titles that are likely on rotation on basic cable networks. This means you have a good chance of finding something worth watching, but you're not going to find anything terribly new. Still, the selection is worth browsing, as it does cover quite a few genres. Also, it's worth noting that movies are only available for a specific period of time, with about five months being the average.

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  • Category Entertainment
  • Compatibility Android