IMDB 'Freedive' brings ad-supported movies and shows via Amazon

Carla Harmon
January 11, 2019

"With the launch of IMDb Freedive, they can now also watch full-length movies and TV shows on IMDb and all Amazon Fire TV devices for free", IMDb Chief Executive Col Needham said in a statement. Alternatively, you can view its content through the Freedive channel on Amazon Fire TV devices. Many of these free services also license the same non-exclusive content, making it that much harder.

IMDb Freedive also taps into Amazon's X-Ray feature, which lets viewers access information pulled from IMDb about a title's cast, crew, trivia, soundtracks and more.

Freedive takes IMDb beyond its offering of short-form original series, trailers and celebrity interviews and puts it in the mix agaist streaming giants such as Netflix, Hulu and the parent company's Amazon Prime Video.

Variety is reporting on Thursday that Amazon is launching a brand new ad-support video-on-demand service called "Freedive".

Oscar winning film Monster and Academy Award nominated films such as The Last Samurai and Foxcatcher are available on IMDb Freedive. It's only available in the United States to start.

IMDb Freedive offers a collection of TV shows and movies on IMDb's website or through Amazon Fire TV devices without having to purchase a subscription, said IMDb, a unit of Amazon since 1998, according to the Wall Street Journal. Now I know what you're thinking: do we really need another streaming site?

Hopefully this is a sign that the Amazon service will be rolled out to other regions in the future. Amazon added that it would soon be available on mobile via the IMDb app.

The company spent heavily to produce and acquire streaming-video content including critically acclaimed shows such as "Transparent" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

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