I recently discovered Crackle.com, a really coolÂ website from Sony Pictures Entertainment.Â Sony has a vast library of movies and such and rather than let them collect dust in the basement, they are bringing them to you - for free - and collecting some advertising revenue at the same time.Â This is a part of theÂ ”great disruptor” that is the Internet.Â Sony can now reach consumers directly - without having to use traditional delivery “middlemen” such as cable, satellite and even fiber.Â The Internet is quickly changing the way entertainment is distributed.
My wife and I recently watched “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields (no, I’ve never seen it and yes, I must have lived a sheltered life).Â We were so impressed that the following week we watchedÂ ”Jumanji” with Robin Williams.Â I’m lucky enough to have a new HP laptop with an HDMI output and a 720p Samsung HDTV with an HDMI input so I usedÂ our HDMI PC to TV cable.Â Â The video and audio quality wasÂ excellent as was bothÂ movie streams.Â When a major entertainmentÂ powerhouse sets out to do something they do it right.Â And right they did.Â TheÂ short once-every-15-minutes-or-so commercials didn’t bother us at all and we were glad to watch in exchange for high-quality entertainment.
There is currently about 60 movies online but I expect that this will grow quickly.Â The website titleÂ itself says “new every day.”Â From Crackle’s website:
Crackle, Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Picturesâ€™ vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches a global audience through its impressive online and mobile distribution network.