- Lots of ads
- Lackluster web and mobile interfaces
- Few high-quality shows
Value and Platforms
Since Crackle Mod Apk v220.127.116.11 doesn’t cost anything, there’s no financial reason to avoid it. As with other free services, Crackle is supported by ads and there’s no way to get rid of them. I would prefer an option to pay to remove ads and add other features.
Tubi is another completely free service with on-demand movies and TV shows. IMDb TV, Plex, and Vudu similarly offer libraries of on-demand content for free. Budgeting for video streaming services is increasingly tedious as more and more services launch, so these are all worthwhile options for filling some entertainment gaps.
You can still stay within your video streaming budget, even with some paid options. For instance, Hulu’s and CBS All Access’s ad-supported plans are both only $5.99 per month. Disney+ is $6.99 per month, while Netflix and Prime Video start at $8.99 per month.
Paid live TV services are pricier. Philo is the cheapest live TV service at $20 per month and it offers over 60 channels. Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plans are slightly more, at $30 per month.
Crackle Mod Apk v18.104.22.168 offers apps on lots of platforms. You can watch content on the web; mobile devices (Android and iOS); gaming platforms (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One); streaming media devices (Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku); and select smart TVs (LG, Samsung, and Vizio).
Crackle on the Web
Crackle Mod Apk v22.214.171.124, like Tubi and Pluto TV, does not require you to sign up for an account to watch its content on any platform. The main benefit of setting up an account is the ability to add items to a watchlist.
Crackle’s web interface is functional, and the black, orange, and white color scheme looks fine, but it could organize content better. In the upper-right corner, there’s an icon to access your profile settings. Here, you can update your personal information, opt out of notifications, and toggle parental controls and captions. Across the top of the interface are icons for Crackle’s home page, TV, Movies, and Search. Crackle’s search feature accepts titles, actors, and genres. It works well for the most part, but sometimes entering a listed producer didn’t turn up relevant results.
The main page displays a slideshow with featured content and curated sections of content below that, which Crackle refers to as channels. For example, there’s a Spotlight, Action, Crackle Originals, Stand-Up Comedy, Film School For Free, Movie Franchise Channels. The problem is that these section headers are not clickable and do not correspond 1:1 with the sortable categories under the TVs and Movies tabs. You can scroll through them on this main page, however.
The TV and Movies tabs work similarly to each other. Crackle lists all of its available streaming titles and lets you filter by genre and sort either alphabetically or by recently added. I wish that the curated categories that Crackle listed on its home page appeared here.
Tubi does a much better job of providing curated sections, which is important, because as with most free services, a good portion of the content is just not worthwhile and only makes it more difficult to find quality content. Hovering over a show’s or movie’s thumbnail allows you to jump directly into playback or add it to your watchlist, which is convenient.
On the playback screen for a movie or show, you get a large video player at the top, along with the options to add it to your watchlist, or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Sharing tools are generally more useful on free services, since recipients can watch the linked content without signing up for an account.
Lower on the page, Crackle lists the release year, rating, runtime, and available audio options. It also provides a description of the episode, series, or movie, plus a Why it Crackles quip to grab your interest. Additionally, it lists genres, main cast members, directors, and producers. Depending on whether you are watching a movie or a show, the bottom part of the page either shows both an episode selector and recommended content, or just the latter for movies.
Crackle’s Mobile App
I downloaded Crackle Mod Apk v126.96.36.199 mobile app on a Google Pixel 3 running Android 10. As mentioned, you do not need to sign up for an account to use the app. The app looks less sophisticated than the web interface, with sparse, minimally designed menus and design inconsistencies. Plus, some graphics-intensive elements load slowly. Crackle does not support offline downloads either. On the left side, there’s a hidden menu for navigating to movies, TV shows, as well as your Continue Watching and Watch Later lists. In the Settings section, you can restrict streaming to Wi-Fi, as well as block all mature content behind a passcode.
Tapping on an entry brings you to the details page. You get all the same information as on the web interface, including recommendations at the bottom of the page. One feature on the mobile app that’s not on the web is a ratings system (thumbs up and thumbs down icons). It’s unclear how adding a thumbs up or down affects the rest of the Crackle experience, as you can’t see how other users have rated content and it does not appear that they affect your recommendations.
Playback Experience and Features
Crackle Mod Apk v188.8.131.52 playback screen looks decent and has all the standard controls. Notably, you do get 10-second rewind and fast-forward buttons, along with the ability to customize closed captions directly form the player. There’s no indication of the streaming resolution though, which is disappointing. Based on the quality of streams, I’d guess that the resolution is capped at 720p (the service did not respond to my technical inquiries), which is lower than I’d prefer. However, all of the movies I checked seemed to reach this resolution, the same of which cannot be said for Tubi. Some of the movies on that service can stream at no higher resolution than about 540p.
Crackle Mod Apk v184.108.40.206 is a free, ad-supported video streaming service with limited features. It doesn’t have many shows, but its movie collection makes it worth trying out.