Streaming Service Spotlight: 4 Things You Should Know About Crackle

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Jack English/© Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection

Looking for something new from streaming? We put a spotlight on Crackle, below.

What is it?

The free, ad-supported streaming service lets users access more than 38,000 hours of content, including hundreds of movies and thousands of episodes of shows. The only thing it’ll cost you? A bit of time, since you’ll have to watch commercials.

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What’s in the library?

An ever-changing lineup of blockbuster movies, popular TV series and original content that’s refreshed each month. Titles available now include NBC’s 1996–2001 aliens-on-Earth comedy 3rd Rock From the Sun and select episodes of the classic sitcoms Bewitched and Barney Miller.

Starting March 1, movies joining the rotation include the 2014 Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the Oscar-winning 2009 war drama The Hurt Locker and the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.

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The Hurt Locker (Credit: ©Summit Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection)

Where can I watch?

Pretty much everywhere. Stream at or download the Crackle app to your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. It’s also available on dozens of other devices like Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV and several brands of smart televisions, including Samsung and LG.

What else should I know?

Unlike streamers such as Netflix, Crackle doesn’t let users download titles to mobile devices to watch later. So you’ll need Wi-Fi (or a cellular data plan) to watch.