Feb 04 2012

News - Xbox Live Adds Crackle and CinemaNow Apps

Microsoft has continued their slow trickle of new streaming video apps for Xbox Live with the release of apps for Crackle and CinemaNow. For those not familiar with the two services, Crackle is a free service owned by Sony that offers a variety of streaming movies and TV shows and CinemaNow is a Best Buy-owned streaming rental service. Unsurprisingly, Crackle's limited lineup is dominated by Sony produced material, and not necessarily Sony's freshest stuff at that, but the service has continued to expand its offerings and does offer some hits of yesteryear. CinemaNow offers a wide selection of movies, new and old, but as it is a rental service, there are no freebies here. Rentals typically range from $0.99 for ancient duds in SD to $4.99 for more modern offerings in HD. The list of streaming media apps on the Xbox Live keeps getting longer and longer. I'm going to be mighty disappointed if we don't see these apps making the transition to the Windows 8 start screen as well.

Crackle on Xbox Live

We've spent a lot of time waiting for Microsoft to drop all of the video apps they promised we'd be seeing on Xbox 360 and slowly but surely the list is getting longer. One of the newest additions to the apps marketplace will hook us up with a bunch of free movie rentals while the other gives us access to some not-so free streaming entertainment.

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Nov 23 2011

News - Sony Finds Synergy with PlayStation Home and Crackle

Crackle on Home

Sony builds the PlayStation 3 which comes with PlayStation Home, the virtual hub where gamers can gather to play games, chat, and hang out while watching movies and listening to music. Sony also owns Crackle, a media streaming service that primarily serves up movies and TV shows produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony Pictures Loot, the internal Sony group in charge of finding and creating content for PlayStation Home has hooked Crackle up to beam movies into special LOOT EOD theaters that have been established in PlayStation Home. Now, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but how is that Crackle and PlayStation Home didn't hook up sooner?

PlayStation Home is proud to announce the release of Crackle on all LOOT EOD Screens this week. Now you can watch hundreds of full-length Hollywood movies and thousands of television shows with your friends for free. The LOOT EOD Screens can be found in the LOOT EOD Theater, Sunset Yacht, and the Hollywood Hills House. 

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