5:30 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
Sony Pictures Television's Crackle landed a licensing deal with NBCUniversal giving the Internet-video service exclusive ad-supported streaming rights to more than 140 films over the next three years.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pics covered under the deal include reboot of "Miami Vice," starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx; war drama "Jarhead," starring Jake Gyllenhaal; remake of "King Kong" with Naomi Watts and Jack Black; and biopic "Ray" starring Jamie Foxx. NBCU titles will be available on Crackle starting today.
"Bringing NBCUniversal's collection of library films to Crackle complements our original programming and reinforces our commitment to provide viewers with even more streaming choices," Philip Lynch, senior VP of digital networks and games for Sony Pictures Television, said in announcing the deal.
Added Todd Whiting, senior VP for NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution: "Crackle is an innovative and growing new platform and we are excited that their viewers will be able to enjoy these great films from Universal's film library."
Crackle, available in 21 countries, focuses on male-centric genres such as action, comedy, crime, horror and sci-fi. Original programming the service includes Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Crackle's most popular series.
Other originals include psychological thriller "Chosen," starring Chad Michael Murray and Rose McGowan; crime-action drama "Cleaners," with David Arquette and Gina Gershon; and "Extraction," 90-minute actioner starring Danny Glover as a black-ops agent.
The free, ad-supported service is available at Crackle.com and on various devices, including the just-launched Amazon Fire TV set-top box, Apple TV and Roku.