Sony Crackle AndroidTV App
Crackle is a free application that is made available from Sony. You know that company that you got your first Walkman from 😊
Crackle is a pretty cool app. The best part about it is that it is completely free and you don’t have to sign up if you do not want to. They give you the ability to skip signing in, which is nice. But if you do sign in you can track what you have watched, which comes in handy when watching TV shows.
We are not going to sugar coat it for you. Crackle is not going to have the newest blockbusters or all of the latest seasons for every TV show. If you want to watch those you need to pay up.
But Crackle does have a large amount of good quality content for you to watch. Now here is the small catch. Sony didn’t create Crackle as a public service or to give back to the community. Sony created Crackle to make money. The way that they make money on Crackle is to show you ads. That is the way a lot of streaming services are making money these days. Offer the app for free and serve ads to the users. Pluto TV has the same business model. TV had this same model before greed came into the picture.
Here is a short video showing how the Crackle Application works and functions.
Before we jump into the content and how it is presented, we want to bring up one thing that we do not like about Crackle. It is not a deal breaker by any means, but at least on the Android Platform the app seems laggy. It just seems like it should be more responsive. Our Android TV Boxes are some of the most powerful in the world and can run very intensive applications with ease. We have tested hundreds of apps and Crackle is definitely in the laggy category. But let’s be honest, your finding a show or movie and watching it. So the navigation being a little laggy isn’t a deal breaker.
We will start with the TV Show section. Crackle breaks up the categories as shown below.
- Sony Crackle Original – These are shows that Crackle has created on their own.
- Icon – These are more of very popular shows from a few years back to classics.
- Reality Show
As we stated before, you are not going to find the newest most popular TV shows on Crackle. But with shows like Community, Heroes, Rescue Me, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Hell’s Kitchen, Forensic Files, Kitchen Nightmares and Unsolved Mysteries, there is a lot of content for just about everyone.
The Movie section is laid out in a similar manner. The categories are laid out below.
- Sony Crackle Original - These are Movies that Crackle has created on their own.
You aren’t going to find the new Marvel or DC movie on Crackle. But it has plenty of movies for you to watch and let’s not forget that you do not pay a cent to watch these movies. Movies like Snatch, District 9, Shutter Island, Drive, Borat, Girl Interrupted, The Patriot, Spider Man 3, Legends of the Fall, Starship Troopers and Go, you have a lot of good movies at your finger tips.
Overall we really like Sony Crackle. Sure the interface is a little laggy, but we love that certain companies are going back to the free ad supported business model. If you combine Crackle and Pluto TV you have a free on demand app for movies and TV Shows and also a free Live TV option. That is just two of the apps that you can use on the SkyStream Three Plus Android TV Box. If you also get one of our American Made HD Antennas you can get your local major networks in HD, with tons of other channels. When you combine all three of these great options you have tons of great content to watch, all while not paying a single cent every month.
These options are why so many people are cutting the cord each and everyday. Don’t be one the last people shelling out hundreds of dollars a month because you are scared to cut the cord. If you are paying for internet or cable, be sure to check out our guide on how to lower the amount of extra fees they ARE charging you each month!