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Amazon launches new free movies and TV streaming channel through IMDB

IMDB Freedive Amazon Launches an Ad Supported Free Streaming Services
Adrian Cunningham | 11 January, 2019, 15:32

And you get a streaming service!

The latest entrant into the streaming landscape comes from IMDb.

The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. IMDb declined to say how many titles are initially available; the site now lists over 130 movies and 29 TV shows to stream for free.

Unlike streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video, IMDb Freedive does not require a subscription, and is instead supported by ads, according to a press release.

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Freedive is available through your computer or Amazon Fire TV device.

"Titles licensed for Freedive come from studios and networks including CBS, NBCUniversal Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures, Newmarket Films, Warner Bros".

Calling IMDb an independent player in the market though is perhaps not fair, as the site is owned by Amazon and so the content they offer can already leverage a lot of the content already on offer through Amazon's Prime Video, only opening them up to a different audiences that perhaps don't mind watching ads along the way if it can save them some money.

IMDb Freedive also includes a feature X-RAY, powered by IMDb search that brings information about the cast, music, crew, etc. The content joins IMDb's existing short-form original videos like The IMDb Show and No Small Parts. Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, said in a statement that Freedive will eventually be made available more widely, including on IMDb's mobile apps. Presently, Freedive is only available for the U.S customers. Fire TV customers will see the new IMDb Freedive icon in the "Your Apps & Channels" row, making it easy to find free movies and TV shows. On Fire TV, simply say "Alexa, go to Freedive", to immediately access, browse and enjoy free movies and TV shows. They have a decent selection of content and, more importantly, the ads don't seem terribly intrusive.