Sony's Crackle expands service to PS3 consoles, Bravia products and Roku

Summary:Crackle is bringing its catalog of ad-supported movies to many more devices beyond Google TV.

Crackle is bringing its catalog of ad-supported movies to many more devices beyond Google TV.

A subsidiary project of Sony Pictures, Crackle has a limited library of films, including The Da Vinci Code, Ghostbusters, and Big Daddy. But given that the service is ad-supported, streaming these full-length films is free to the viewer. Plus, Crackle promises that 20 new movies from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics will be added each month.

Of course, you'll need one of the following devices first. Crackle is now supported on PlayStation 3 consoles, Roku set-top boxes, as well as Internet-connected Bravia HDTVs and Blu-ray players. However, Crackle is only available in the United States and Canada. Viewers in the U.S. can use any of these products, but Canadian users can only access Crackle via Google TV and the PS3.

While the movie offerings are obviously limited and HD playback isn't available yet, I'm still interested in trying this out on my PlayStation 3. You can't really beat free (I can live with a few advertisements), and it could prove to be useful on a rainy day when there's just nothing on TV.

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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