Crackle Does It Better Without the Subscription Fees
The Internet is like a brussels sprout plant in a rainy garden. Every inch brings a new crop of something you aren’t sure you want. Yet the plant grows and grows, piling up nuggets until it looks like a Christmas tree from Pinterest. Yes, bounty can be a bad thing, especially with brussels sprouts and sometimes with the Internet. With so many star apps like Crackle out there, it’s tempting to huddle in safe spots. Doing things the way you’ve always done them feels comfortable. You can work on your laptop during a meeting on Web 4.0 or while your Economics professor bashes Bitcoins and appear competent. But brussels sprouts can be good, and so can Web 4.0 (I’m not sure about Bitcoins, but Dealnews is). Crackle is one of the good things. It’s a streaming media app that identifies itself as a “multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network.” Although we can’t credit their copywriter for conciseness, we can enjoy all the gifts this app has to give. You can use it to watch anything from their library: movies, TV shows, and videos are offered in complete downloads, and advertising is minimal. The company won a Webby award last year and is in the running again this year, so it’s worth a voyage outside your comfort zone. When the copywriter says “next-generation,” he or she is likely referring to two things:
- The app is built into some smart TVs
- Unlike Netflix and Hulu, it’s free.