Cutting The Cord: Crackle Is Worthy Of Checking Out

Are you getting closer to cutting the cable TV cord in your household? Looking for something to supplement your subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime?

Well Sony Entertainment’s streaming video service called Crackle, is a must for many reason’s but that fact that it is free should be good for starters. Right now Crackle is the fourth most successful streaming service behind Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime.

The service offers a combination of both television programs and hit movies. With “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” hosted by Jerry Seinfeld is really the anchor original program.

Each week Jerry Seinfeld takes a friend for a drive in a classic car and a cup of coffee, sharing stories and laughs along the way. It is only about a twenty minute show but it is very entertaining and the quality of Jerry’s guests make it a must see.

It is also the home of Seinfeld, the iconic television sitcom and part of the Sony Entertainment comedy vault. Each month the streaming service adds ten episodes of the show and now there is quite the collection for fans of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.

Another Crackle original is “Sports Jeopardy,” with Dan Patrick. It is the popular game show only with an all sports theme and Sony Entertainment has put a big time budget behind the show and like the Seinfeld program, it is worth watching.

The movies are a bit old but they are for the most part entertaining featuring the Step Brothers to action classics like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. They are constantly content so it best to always check back each week as their library grows.

As I said this service which you can watch on your streaming video player like Roku, Kindle Fire TV, Sony Playstation, or tablet and smartphones. Crackle doesn’t work on a subscription model like Netflix, which means no membership fees. You don’t even have to register, although registering gives you the chance to set your preferences, share videos and create a watch list.

There service is ad supported so there will commercial’s but then it is free so someone has to pay the bills. The company does continue to do content deals so expect Crackle to grow and don’t forget that their parent is Sony Entertainment so look for more sitcom’s and other programs to find their way to the streaming video outlet.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.