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Amazon Launches Free Streaming Service ‘IMDb Freedive’

11 January 2019

Yesterday Amazon launched a new free ad-supported streaming service called Freedrive.

The service though at least initially, doesn't offer as much variety or the latest content that Amazon Prime subscribers get, so anyone who subscribes to Amazon and is perhaps feeling ripped off by the news, need not feel that way as this service will focus mostly on older, classic movies and TV shows for now.

Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu certainly make it easier for us to consume the shows and movies we love. Called IMDb Freedive, it's available to USA viewers on the IMDb website and Amazon Fire TV devices. Amazon and IMDb have said they plan to expand the range, as well as rotate out content.

Hopefully this is a sign that the Amazon service will be rolled out to other regions in the future.

IMDb Freedive is ad-supported, making it free to access but with the downside of advertisements.

Users will also be able to dive deeper on titles they are watching with the use of X-Ray, which provides information about cast, crew, trivia, soundtracks and more, according to a news release.

"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. There are over 130 movies available to watch, and 29 different TV shows to chose from.

The company says it will be added to IMDb's suite of mobile apps in the coming weeks and months. IMDb Freedive, an ad-supported channel, enables customers to watch hit TV shows including Fringe, Heroes, The Bachelor and Without a Trace as well as top Hollywood hits like Awakenings, Foxcatcher, Memento, Monster, Run Lola Run, The Illusionist, The Last Samurai, True Romance and more without purchasing a subscription.

Amazon Launches Free Streaming Service ‘IMDb Freedive’