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.