As of 2015, new cinema movies are unavailable for free and legal streaming online. Vudu allows users to purchase and rent some recently released independent cinema films. The website also features independent films that include special bonus content and early digital release access. All movie rentals are available for 30 days after purchase and allow a 24-hour viewing period once the film has been played. Some independent film rentals might include an extended viewing period of 48 hours.
Crackle provides users free access to video streaming content, including full-length movies and TV shows. The company has an exclusive partnership with Sony Pictures, which allows it to frequently provide free legal content. Most videos include a few commercial breaks while streaming and are available for viewing without an account. Creating a free Crackle account provides extra service features, including managing a watch list and sharing favorite videos on Facebook.
Hulu is a streaming service that also provides free and legal access to some full-length movies. The company also includes the option for subscription memberships, which require a monthly fee. Subscriptions provide access to more video content with limited or no featured commercials. The service is also available on a various devices, such as smartphones and video game consoles.