Free video streaming service Crackle is already available on your smart phone, computer, and game console, but today the company announced its expansion to LG, Samsung, and Vizio Smart TVs. The expansion is twofold for Samsung, which is also adding the ad-supported streaming service to its line of Blu-ray players; Crackle characterizes today's news as the conclusion of a strategy to bring the streaming service to, "all leading smart TV manufacturers." Of course, that strategy is only complete in a handful of countries thus far -- today's additions apply to only the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia for LG and Samsung, while Vizio Smart TVs in the US and Canada are the only ones to get Crackle. All new iterations of the Crackle app are available via Samsung, LG, and Vizio's respective app portals.
Crackle Starts The New Year On A 'Smart' Note With Expansion To Major Smart TVs And Blu-ray Devices
LG, Samsung and VIZIO Devices Now Offering Crackle
CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network, today announced its application is now available on millions of LG, Samsung and VIZIO Smart TVs, as well as on Samsung Blu-ray players. With an already established and popular presence on Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players, Crackle is now available on all leading smart TV manufacturers, bringing on-demand streaming directly to millions of living rooms.
Crackle hand-picks Hollywood movies, television and original series to the tastes of its digitally connected audience, focusing on genres like action, comedy, crime, horror and sci-fi. The Crackle App and online service is free to download and free to watch, and offers unlimited ad-supported viewing of all content available on Crackle.com, including TV and film hits "Rescue Me," DISTRICT 9, UNDERWORLD, SNATCH and WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY.
"The penetration of IP-connected TVs and Blu-ray players in the living room is rapidly growing and these devices are fast becoming the new standard," said Phil Lynch , Senior Vice President, Digital Networks and Games, Sony Pictures Television. "We are pleased with Crackle's performance on Sony connected devices to date-as well as viewers' overwhelmingly positive reception to the service-and are excited to begin 2013 with a major expansion into these other leading brands of connected TVs."
Providing high-quality video streaming, Crackle is available on LG Smart TVs in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia; Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia; and VIZIO Smart TVs in the U.S. and Canada.
Hundreds of films and full-length television episodes available on Crackle are delivered uncut and unedited - the way they were meant to be viewed. Content is continuously refreshed, with new titles added every month.
A sampling of Crackle's current content offerings in the U.S. include:
WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
THE BIG HIT
Thousands of episodes of the world's most loved Anime series including hit titles such as "Blood+" and "Kurozuka" as well as the Marvel Anime series "Wolverine," "X-Men" and "Ironman"
Two new original series: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" starring Jerry Seinfeld and "From the Basement," a music series from Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich , along with over 40 other originals including: "The Ropes," "Issues," "The Bannen Way," and more.
Along with these Smart TV and Blu-ray devices, Crackle is accessible on an expanding distribution network including the recently launched app for PlayStation; Sony and other manufacturers' Android phones and tablets; the iPhone, iPad and iPod; Roku players; Xbox LIVE service; and Windows Phones, Barnes & Noble's NOOK Tablet devices and Amazon's Kindle Fire, among others. A full list of Crackle's extended availability can be found on www.crackle.com/outreach/platforms.
On the aforementioned devices, the Crackle App can be accessed in the following ways:
Through Samsung Apps at http://www.samsung.com/us/appstore
As a VIZIO Internet App(R) from the Yahoo! Connected TV store http://www.vizio.com/technology/via
Through LG SmartWorld at http://us.lgappstv.com/appspc/main/main/main.lge
Crackle, Inc. is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films in addition to the libraries of other studios. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet, mobile and over-the-top devices, offering audiences high-quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror and music. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Crackle is available in the US, Canada, UK, AU, Latin America and Brazil. Visit Crackle's site at www.crackle.com or find Crackle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crackle.
SOURCE Crackle, Inc.