Friday, 18 January, 2019

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

Amazon’s IMDb launches Freedive, a free movie and TV streaming service — with ads FreeDive, new streaming service from Amazon's IMDb, offers free films, TV
Stacy Diaz | 11 January, 2019, 15:37

Among the titles now available are seasons of Fringe, Heroes, The Bachelor and Gilligan's Island. Earlier today, the Amazon-owned property launched a brand new streaming site dubbed Freedive.

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.

IMDb, which has proven over the years to know a thing or two about movies, is getting into the business of streaming them, along with TV shows, via a new service from the Amazon-owned company called Freedive.

I gave IMDb Freedive a little bit of a spin, and my early impressions are largely positive.

The service offers both TV shows and full-length theatrical movies, among them being notable hits like Fringe, Without a Trace, Memento, The Illusionist, and more. Popular IMDb original video series, including The IMDb Show, Casting Calls and No Small Parts, are available to stream on IMDb Freedive now.

The channel is available starting today in the United States on IMDb's website and on Amazon Fire TV devices. IMDb believes it can capture share in the market because its has millions of visitors who are actively interested in entertainment.

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.

"Customers already rely on IMDb to discover movies and TV shows and decide what to watch", said Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb. The site says it will continually add new offerings to the site. Fire owners can navigate the service by way of a new icon in the "Your Apps & Channels" section or by telling their Amazon smart device, "Alexa, go to Freedive". Presently, Freedive is only available for the U.S customers.