Crackle bringing free movies to Xbox Live
Crackle will launch on Xbox Live this fall, bringing streaming movies and TV shows to Xbox 360 owners.
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By partnering with Xbox LIVE, and through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Crackle will offer consumers yet another way to enjoy free, ad supported full-length Hollywood movies and TV series. Adding the Kinect experience to Crackle's content will allow consumers to interact with their favorite Crackle movies and TV shows in a more personal, seamless and effortless way. Kinect's integrated motion control and voice commands, voice search with Bing on Xbox, and integration of social media features, will allow Crackle viewers to quickly find the content they want. For example, users will be able to verbally command Xbox by stating, "Play THE INTERNATIONAL," or hand signal Xbox to replay A FEW GOOD MEN, in this breakthrough new way to find and watch their favorite movies.
Crackle content, which includes more than 200 films from studios including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and more, will be available to watch for free on the Xbox LIVE platform. In addition, the Crackle service will offer over 1,500 full-length television episodes. A sampling of the movie and TV offerings set to be available on Xbox LIVE in the U.S. includes: STEP BROTHERS, THE INTERNATIONAL, RESIDENT EVIL, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, A FEW GOOD MEN, DEFENDOR, GLORY, QUARANTINE, SNATCH, "Seinfeld," "Married...With Children," "News Radio," "Jackie Chan Adventures," hundreds of episodes of anime including "Samurai X," "Blood +" and "Blue Exorcist" plus over 40 Crackle originals including the award-winning "The Bannen Way," "Issues," "Why It Crackles" and more. New content continues to premiere on the network frequently. The Xbox LIVE Crackle app will be available this fall in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.
This launch represents another major expansion for Crackle, with previous over-the-top (OTT) integrations such as Sony Blu-ray, Bravia and ROKU increasing the service's reach by anywhere from 10%-20% with each launch. Crackle is one of the top five most viewed channels in other over-the-top (OTT) integrations and is the number one free video service on ROKU and Bravia. In 2011, Crackle also launched the first-ever free iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch App along with the first-ever free Android App that features ad supported full-length, unedited Hollywood films and television series. The app has received over 5 million downloads to date, reaching the #2 overall app spot on the iPhone.