Hulu.com and Crackle.com allow users to legally stream full-length movies online. Most films feature commercial breaks which are paid for by sponsors to cover the costs of the free video streams. Both websites provide instant streaming without the need of any account registrations or video downloading. Both services also provide its films for available streaming on various devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
Hulu provides its free films through a partnership with the Criterion Collection and Miramax. Hulu Plus is the company’s optional monthly subscription service that provides access to more streaming content and less commercials. As of 2015, a limited commercial plan is available for the monthly price of $7.99, while a commercial-free plan is available for $11.99 per month. Hulu also provides streaming access to various shows and documentaries, including full seasons of select series from major broadcasting networks in the United States.
Crackle provides free movies through its partnership with Sony Pictures, and also provides access to original programming and various TV shows. The company also provides users with the option of registering accounts to access other features by simply entering some personal information or logging in with Facebook accounts. Creating accounts allows members to share favorite videos with Facebook friends and to create watchlists.