Crackle: Watch Free TV and Movies on your iPhone

Update 1: Apparently Crackle keeps Location Services on when you close it, causing battery drain. You can disable this in Settings.

If you’re looking for some entertainment on your iPhone, Netflix works flawlessly. However, for a free solution, a new app called Crackle aims to keep you busy with free movies and TV shows.

What makes Crackle different is the high profile Hollywood content that is available for free. What’s the catch? It’s an ad supported model, so you’ll see 15 second ‘commercials’ throughout the content.

Here’s the app description:

Watch FREE Hollywood movies and TV series on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

A FEW GOOD MEN. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. FULL CONTACT. ANACONDA and more: full-length, uncut and FREE.

* Watch full-length Hollywood movies and TV series
* FREE to download app, FREE to watch
* Unlimited, on demand viewing
* Genres including: action, comedy, crime, horror, thriller and sci-fi
* Optimized for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
* Browse Movies, TV, Originals, Collections and Genres – or search by keyword
* Build and manage your queue for viewing on the app or online at Crackle.com.
* Stream HQ video via 3G or Wi-Fi
* New movies and TV episodes added regularly
* Content available only in US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia only; and content varies by territory

CURRENT MOVIES AND TV*:

MOVIES
Wide selection includes: A FEW GOOD MEN; JACKIE CHAN’S THE MYTH; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; FULL CONTACT; ANACONDA; QUICKSILVER, SEE NO EVEL, HEAR NO EVIL and more

TV
Full-length episodes from series including: S.W.A.T., THE THREE STOOGES, WHAT’S HAPPENING, SAMURAI X, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT SPECIALS, 10 ITEMS OR LESS, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, SPIDER-MAN and more

 

Crackle works over 3G (make sure you have a large data plan!) and WiFi, and is only available to the US, Canada, UK, and Australia right now. There is some decent content, which looked great over 3G. You can setup a queue of what you want to watch, and there’s a history as well. The content is obviously not new, but I’d say it’s equivalent to Netflix or better.

Her’e a screenshot of A Few Good Men (you can’t handle the TRUTH!):

Crackle is free. Click here to download it, and let me know what you think!

Thanks William for the heads up!

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  • Better grab it now before someone Lawyers up…

  • rvs007

    I’m experiencing an issue that’s related to Crackle and I’m wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same. Crackle asks to get my location so I press OK to let it use the location service. However, after I finished using the app and even after I completely closed the app in the app launcher, it continued using the location service. I had to go into the location service in Settings and manually turn off the rights to let Crackle use the location service.

    I just tested it again a day after I used Crackle (by going into Location service and turned the permission back on for Crackle) and it immediate started using the location service again (even though Crackle is not loaded or in the background)!

    Can anyone confirm this?

  • John Dow

    If you use VPN from the US, you’ll get other movies such as Da Vince Code, Short Circuit 2, etc .

  • Nick

    Yes I have it too.. I don’t even remember allowing crackle to use location services when I first opened it, but once it had been run nothIng short of disabling it in the location menu could stop it – even closing it from the multitasking bar or restarting the phone. I also notice a light clicking sound from the speaker every 3-4 mins even though the app is closed. I’ve uninstalled the app and emailed the company.. Kinda seems like theyre spying on us doesn’t it?

  • rvs007

    Thanks for confirming that Nick… that’s pretty scary that it can use the location service without being even loaded! Does that even meet the guidelines for an AppStore app?

  • SMARTY

    that’s why their punch like is “IT’S ON”… maybe they’re referring to location services with this line.. lol..

  • Nick

    You’d think not… It’s very very odd. Hopefully just a software glitch and they’re not purposefully trying to see our location at all times

  • Ned

    Can this be hacked onto AppleTV?

  • AirPlay is not supported, would like to see it in an update though!

  • AppleJF

    I’m having an issue actually downloading the app… Anyone else having a problem? Says waiting for awhile and then just stops trying to download.

  • Jonduke

    No one will lawyer up.. It’s a website that exists since about 2 years or so… They have signed agreements with companies and stuff…

  • iTunes was down earlier.

  • I am not able to download it. Plz give me suggestion what should i do ?

  • resh

    I too had this problem.
    it is odd.
    only thing i can come up with is that if you are in a different region then you’d have access to different stuff…but does it really need to be on 24/7 for this? i think not!

    thanks for the fix; i couldnt figure out how to disable it.

    resh

  • Alfonsomuniz89

    Hey i bought a cord to connect my ipod touch to the flatscreen and i cant watch movies from crackle? Why not?

  • Alfonsomuniz89

    Hey i bought a cord to connect my ipod touch to the flatscreen and i cant watch movies from crackle? Why not?

  • Alfonsomuniz89

    Hey i bought a cord to connect my ipod touch to the flatscreen and i cant watch movies from crackle? Why not?

  • Kyle De Melo

    is crackle diffrent in canada then the usa like netflix