Sony planning to sell stake in Crackle

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is looking to sell a piece of its streaming service, Crackle, as it looks to grow revenue for the platform and compete with tech rivals. The move was announced by Mike Hopkins (pictured), the former Hulu CEO who joined SPT as chairman last autumn, in a company memo. He said the […]

Crackle chief upped to Sony digital chief

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has promoted the boss of its on-demand service, Crackle, to executive VP and chief digital officer. Eric Berger will remain general manager of OTT service Crackle, but also now oversees worldwide digital strategy across all Sony channels. The long-serving exec has been with Sony since 2006 and Crackle since 2008, […]

Netflix poaches Jerry Seinfeld from Crackle

US streamer Netflix has pulled off a big-money coup by signing comedian and writer Jerry Seinfeld to an exclusive multi-faceted production deal. Seinfeld was previously with Sony’s on-demand platform Crackle, with various commentators noting this appears to the first case of one VOD platform poaching talent from another. The pact will see 24 new episodes […]

Crackle unveils web originals

Sony Pictures Television-owned VoD site Crackle has announced a lineup of original programming for the US site.  At its first standalone presentation to advertisers in New York this week, Crackle unveiled a variety of shows including its first one hour scripted series The Art Of More, animated comedy series SuperMansion and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser […]

Streaming to connected TVs the preferred method of delivery, says Crackle

Streaming films and TV shows on internet-connected TVs is now the “preferred viewing method” according to Sony Pictures Television-owned VoD site, Crackle. The second annual New Living Room study – conducted by Crackle in association with Frank N. Magid Associates – found that more than half the adults surveyed said they prefer to stream content […]

Crackle signs AVOD deal with NBCU

Sony Pictures Television’s on-demand service Crackle has signed a multi-year licensing deal with NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution. The deal gives Crackle exclusive ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) rights feature films such as the Miami Vice reboot, war drama Jarhead, the remake of King Kong; and Academy-winning biography Ray. As of today, the films […]

Sony closing down Crackle in UK

Sony Pictures Television is closing its online channel Crackle in the UK at the end of the month. Users clicking through to the site today were met with a message that read: “We’d like to thank all those who have supported and enjoyed Crackle UK. As of April 1, 2014 Crackle’s UK service will no […]

Sony rolling out full seasons of The Shield on Crackle

All episodes and seasons of cop drama The Shield will be carried, for free, on online network Crackle. Sony Pictures Television distributes the series and Sony also owns Crackle. Seasons will be released at regular installments with all episodes from seasons one and two will be available to stream between April-June, seasons three and four […]

Crackle rolling out LG, Samsung and Vizio smart TVs

Sony has inked deals with several smart TV manufacturers and its online TV channel Crackle will launch on LG, Samsung and Vizio connected sets. It will also launch on Samsung Blu-ray players. The streaming service and channel is already available via Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players. “The penetration of IP-connected TVs and Blu-ray players […]

Crackle launches on Windows in the UK

Sony has made its digital channel Crackle available on Windows phones in the UK. The Crackle app allows user to watch ad-supported Hollywood movies and TV series and original digital series. Crackle is already available on Apple phones and devices, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games consoles and Bravia TV sets.