IMDb Has Launched Its Own Free Movie Streaming Service
Following on the heels of YouTube's Free to Watch section, which debuted last October, the Amazon-owned IMDb website is the latest company to offer a free streaming service. As Tech Crunch reports, IMDb's newly launched Freedive platform offers U.S. viewers a mix of ad-supported TV shows and blockbuster movies—no subscription necessary.
The selection is fairly small at the moment, but there are some recognizable (and highly rated) titles on offer, including Memento, The Last Samurai, The Illusionist, Drive, Les Misérables, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. As for the TV selection, they run the gamut from classic to fairly recent: Fringe, Quantum Leap, Heroes, Without A Trace, Gilligan's Island, and Dallas are all available for streaming.
IMDb has also moved its original, film-themed content—including The IMDb Show and Casting Calls—to the IMDb Originals section on Freedive. Viewers can watch Freedive on their phone, laptop, or any device that's also capable of pairing with Prime Video. A new icon will also appear in the "Your Apps & Channels" row on Fire TVs. "We will continue to enhance IMDb Freedive based on customer feedback and will soon make it available more widely, including on IMDb's leading mobile apps," IMDb's CEO, Col Needham, said in a statement.
While no subscription is needed, users will need to register with IMDb or Amazon, with the exception of Fire TV owners. As The Verge reports, IMDb will face stiff competition from similar free streaming platforms, including Tubi, Vudu's Movies On Us, and YouTube's Free to Watch section.
Meanwhile, the number of paid streaming services also continues to grow. If you're having trouble choosing between them, an analysis from September 2018 revealed that Hulu Plus and Prime Video offer the most bang for your buck (best selection for the price). And if you just want to figure out where to watch your favorite movie or TV show without flitting from Netflix to Hulu to Prime, there's a handy app for that.
[h/t Tech Crunch]