Canadian, eh? Crackle Lets You Watch (Mediocre) Free Movies And TV Online

Canadians who’ve got a hankering to watch more free, legal online video content, including films and television shows, will be happy to hear that has now officially opened up its doors to Canadian viewers. Crackle, formerly known as Grouper, has been offering online streaming video content for a few years now, but since April 2009 it was only available to viewers in the United States. The site opened its gates to viewers in the UK and Australia last June and this week announced that it is now available in Canada as well.

Owned and operated by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Crackle offers a variety of content owned by Sony Pictures and Rogers Media. Some of the top movies offered by the site include Snatch, The Cable Guy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ultraviolet and High School High. Viewers can also watch top television shows including Blood +, Samurai X, Married With Children, News Radio and The Three Stooges. Crackle also features original shows, including one called Star-ving, which features David Faustino of Married With Children.

In a Marketing interview, Eric Berger, the Senior VP of digital networks at Sony Pictures Television said, “Through our expansion in to Canada, Crackle continues to build upon its successful distribution and ad network. We deliver the best content, from acclaimed originals to movie favorites that is selected and programmed with the seasoned viewer in mind.”

Crackle’s foray into Canadian territory can put an end to the frustration felt by many Canadian online video viewers who have been blocked from watching content that was available to their neighbors to the south, the United States. If you are in Canada, do you think you will watch films and television shows on Crackle? If you have already used the service, what do you think about it?