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Crackle -- Streaming Service

Old 08-15-16, 06:06 PM
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Crackle -- Streaming Service

Just curious, does anyone here use to stream any content?

It's all free. However, I know the content is advertiser supported, so there are commercial breaks.

They have a few original shows on it like

The Art of More starring Dennis Quaid that came out this past year.

I posted a thread about it, but I guess nobody watched it.

and there's a new show called Startup with Martin Freeman that's airing this fall.

and the sequel to Dead Rising was just posted a few weeks ago and that got no attention here.

Seems like they have a decent amount of content for a free service, so is it the commercials that kill interest for you?
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I watch Sports Jeopardy! on Crackle.
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I would like to use it, but it's too annoying. There's some stupid autoplay feature as soon as I open the app on my Roku. It jacks the volume up to 10 and can't be turned off.

The commercials don't totally kill my interest. But they show up right in the middle of a scene while someone's talking. If they were properly placed, in a transitional point, then I wouldn't mind so much.

But as it is now, it's unusable.
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I watch Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee...and that's it.
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I watch Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee...and that's it.
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Old 08-15-16, 08:56 PM
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Yup, the commercials. Same ones every break. I try every so often but it's just maddening.
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As with the others, the Seinfeld one, but that's it.
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I've used it once or twice when it was the only site that had something I wanted to watch.
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Old 08-25-16, 04:52 PM
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I just noticed that they now have episodes of The Real Ghostbusters animated series to stream for free. If anyone wants to go back and watch some episodes.
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I have the XBOX app and I check it to see what's new; but I haven't watched anything on it in some time. The random way they insert commercials and the sound and video quality is a pain in the ass.
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The PS4 app used to be descent, but lately it's garbage and impossible to navigate.
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They used to have tons of Godzilla movies from all eras, but not any more...
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Old 08-28-16, 09:05 AM
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I don't really use Crackle anymore. They used to have a bit more content.

And with regard to the streaming site, Sony could be looking to make some changes. They sent out a survey last month (via Reel Insiders). They were looking for feedback (subscription service pricing, exclusive content,...) of Crackle versus other subscription streaming services (Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix,...).
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Sony Exploring Sale Of Crackle Stake To Make It “More Competitive”
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Old 07-25-18, 11:08 AM
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Wasn't it supposed to add some programs from Universal?
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Sony Pictures Television is turning to Chicken Soup for the Soul to lift the spirits of its struggling streaming service Crackle.

Culver City-based Sony on Thursday said it has secured a deal with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. to form a joint venture called Crackle Plus.

Chicken Soup for the Soul will be the majority owner of Crackle Plus, which will house the existing service, as well as other Chicken Soup-owned streamers such as Popcornflix and faith-based channel Truli. The services have a combined monthly viewership of about 10 million people, the companies said.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Chief Digital Officer Eric Berger, who oversaw Crackle for Sony Pictures Television, is expected to leave the company.

No money changed hands in the deal, according to a person familiar with the venture who was not authorized to comment.

Cos Cob, Conn.-based Chicken Soup for the Soul is best known as the publisher of uplifting story and essay collections, which began in 1993. The company since has expanded into other businesses including dog food, podcasts and entertainment.

Sony began shopping Crackle in July after years of lagging behind rivals in the growing streaming market. The company hired investment bank Moelis & Co. to help it explore a selling a stake in the service, which is available for free and makes money from advertising.

Crackle has been part of Sony since 2006 and was once considered an important part of the studio’s digital video strategy. Sony Pictures, owned by Tokyo-based electronics giant Sony Corp., bought Crackle for $65 million when it was a video-sharing site called Grouper and changed its name to Crackle in 2007.

However, the service was overshadowed by video giants such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, which invested billions of dollars in original content. On its own, Crackle was attracting 5 million monthly unique visits.

Crackle was once the home of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” but the show moved to Netflix in 2017. Crackle’s other original series efforts included the stop-motion animation comedy “SuperMansion.”
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