Thursday, 24 January, 2019

IMDb Freedive free video streaming service launches for Fire TV

Freedive is available through your computer or Amazon Fire TV device.                  Sarah Tew  CNET Freedive is available through your computer or Amazon Fire TV device. Sarah Tew CNET
Charles Bowen | 11 January, 2019, 15:36

Fringe, Heroes, Without a Trace, and The Bachelor make up some of Freedive's current television offerings. The content is from the worldwide movie database, or IMDb, which Amazon owns. Those visitors now see direct links to view the select movies and shows that are carried by the new streaming service.

Last year, rumor surfaced that Amazon-owned movie database IMDb was working on its own streaming service, which would differ from Prime Video by offering free content in the US.

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.

Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space - stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.

I gave IMDb Freedive a little bit of a spin, and my early impressions are largely positive. IMDb believes it can capture share in the market because its has millions of visitors who are actively interested in entertainment.

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IMDb Freedive also includes a feature X-RAY, powered by IMDb search that brings information about the cast, music, crew, etc.

"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. Presently, Freedive is only available for the U.S customers.

Though Freedive is pretty limited at the moment with only computer and Fire TV support, IMDb says it plans to expand its availability to other platforms in the future, including the IMDb mobile apps.

Amazon, which acquired IMDb in 1998, claims the site has more than 250 million unique monthly users worldwide.

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