Every day more and more streaming services spring up around the Inter-webs. Everyone knows the big players in the business like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Those services offer massive libraries of TV and movies at a cost. More specialized services like Shudder chargers for the love of the horror genre. And if you love screams and guts galore then Shudder is an excellent place to go. But what about if you’re on a budget and still want more streaming entertainment? Never fear, the unsung heroes of streaming are here!
Sony’s Crackle is the quiet hero of streaming services. Completely free with minor ad breaks throughout movies and shows, Crackle is home to Jerry Seinfeld’s funny and cool Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Crackle also produces original films, including two based on the Dead Rising video game series and The Runaways produced by Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner. Unlike other services, there is no “premium” version of Crackle. It’s free with some ads and that’s it. And with the library available of classic and modern movies, that’s not a bad thing at all.
The home of all things anime. Crunchy Roll is free with minor ads and includes the most comprehensive library of streaming anime anywhere. Hulu and Netflix both do their part to cater to anime fans, but Crunchy is where the real otaku roll. Hits such as Naruto Shippuden, Dragon Ball Super, and One Piece are on Crunchy in their entirety. The service’s premium features offer simulcasting of shows from Japan. The point is, if you love anime, then Crunchy is for you. The free service is great, but if you REALLY love anime and all things Japanese, then the premium is worth every penny.
Who doesn’t like a wacky Bollywood movie from time to time? Spuul specializes in bringing India’s filmmaking industry to the rest of the world with ease. It’s the only place to find such an extensive library of Bollywood films. Spuul offers the chance to download movies to mobile. The number of films depends on your account level. Free can download one video at a time while a premium account can have up to 1- movies for offline watching.
A rising star in the streaming world, TubiTV is free with minor ad breaks. The selection is a little all over the place, but a lot of gems are available, including some you’re paying for if you have Netflix like Freaks and Geeks. Tubi doesn’t have original content (yet) but does include a lot of choices when it comes to independent films of all genres. Tubi even features a few exotic kinds not found on major streaming services like Chinese TV, Grindhouse, and highly-rated Rotten Tomato movies.