PS3 Gets Free Ad-Supported Movies and TV Series With Crackle
Sony's multi-platform video entertainment network is expanding onto new devices today.
Sony today has announced that Crackle, Sony's own video entertainment network, will be joining Netflix, Vudu, Hulu and Qriocity on the PlayStation 3 (and other Sony devices and Google TV).
Crackle, specifically, will offer free ad-supported streaming movies, TV and original content and such on all of these devices. New content is expected to be included regularly with around 20 new titles per month from a variety of Sony movie studios like Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures ****cs.
According to the announcement, Crackle content looks like it'll be offered somehow through the PS3 browser at this point. In other words don't expect HD quality video... but hey, it's free.
Read on for all the details.
Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network, announced a major programming expansion today; extending its full suite of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to all consumers with PlayStation 3 game consoles; Roku streaming players; Sony's Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Streaming Player with wifi; in addition to its previously announced launch on Google TV. With these expansions, Crackle becomes the only digital network to feature free-to-consumer full-length, unedited movies and television series on these platforms; it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
Crackle's ad-supported service provides consumers with a uniquely curated experience that includes hundreds of Hollywood movies in genres including action, comedy, crime, horror, thriller and sci-fi, plus thousands of TV episodes and award-winning Crackle original programming - all of which can be accessed online, via mobile, and now, on a broad selection of connected devices.
"Crackle is the best single source of ad-supported Hollywood films and television series on the internet," said Berger. "By making our extensive collection of content available on these platforms, we're bringing an unparalleled viewing experience directly to consumers through their internet-enabled devices."
On average viewers spend 50 minutes per visit to Crackle on connected TVs. Crackle can be found in the Channel Store on Roku, on the PlayStation 3 Internet Browser home screen and on all BRAVIA Internet Video devices including Sony Blu-ray players and BRAVIA televisions. Additionally, Crackle was a launch partner with Google TV and can be accessed via the Spotlight section.
A sampling of Crackle's current and upcoming movies includes:
"The Da Vinci Code"
"We Own the Night"
"A Few Good Men"
"Mr. Deeds"Titles are refreshed frequently featuring approximately 20 new titles per month from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures ****cs. Crackle on PlayStation 3 and Google TV is available to audiences in the U.S. and Canada. Crackle on Roku, Sony's BRAVIA, Streaming Player and Blu-ray devices is available in the U.S. only.