Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

IMDb Announces Launch of New Free Streaming Service IMDb Freedive

IMDb Announces Launch of New Free Streaming Service IMDb Freedive

Yesterday Amazon launched a new free ad-supported streaming service called Freedrive. Most of these are older titles including Fringe, Quantum Leap, and Without a Trace, along with movies such as Memento, The Illusionist, and Monster.

Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu certainly make it easier for us to consume the shows and movies we love.

Called IMDb Freedive, the service is available for free to users in the United States looking to watch films or TV shows. This service runs through the Amazon-owned IMDb website.

Still, with IMDb already a popular place for many people to visit, it could certainly draw viewer in and serve as a further experiment for the ad-driven streaming market to see just how viable and desirable it is to the broader market.

Amazon has announced the launch of a brand new service on IMDb which lets people stream movies and TV shows for nothing. The service will include Amazon's "X-Ray" feature, which allows users to dig into details about the cast, crew, soundtracks and other information.

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"Customers already rely on IMDb to discover movies and TV shows and decide what to watch", Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, said in a statement.

On Fire TV, American streamers will simply need to say "Alexa, go to Freedive" to immediately access, browse and enjoy free movies and TV shows.

Freedive for now is a USA -only service and can be accessed from the IMDB website and, naturally, from all Amazon Fire TV devices.

The catalog of available titles, which includes recent TV shows such as "The Bachelor" and "Duck Dynasty" and classics such as "Dallas" and "Gilligan's Island", will continue to evolve, IMDb said.

IMDb is expanding its video offering beyond short-form original series, trailers and celebrity interviews.

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