Crackle is by far one of my favorite free ad supported streaming services. I first heard of Crackle and tried out the service because of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It now looks like Jerry (and Sony) could be shopping the series around for a new home.
According to the New York Times, a friend of Seinfeld was let go at Crackle back in June causing him to fee “adrift” at the company and several anonymous sources tell the news organization that, “representatives for Mr. Seinfeld have been in talks with the likes of Netflix and Hulu about taking over distribution of “Comedians in Cars.”
The article quotes Sony (owner of Crackle and Cars distributor) in a statement as saying, “‘Comedians in Cars’ has been a great part of Crackle’s programming lineup for years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Jerry Seinfeld”. They were unable to get a comment from Hulu or Netflix.
Netflix and Hulu are known to revive cancelled TV series, but I believe this would be the first time either one took over a series from a streaming rival. If either service does take the series away from Crackle you have to wonder if it could be the start of the big services marginalizing their smaller rivals by buying away their hits?
Do you watch Comedians in Cars on Crackle? Would you pay to watch on Hulu or Netflix (if not already subscribed)? Comment below.