The latest entrant into the streaming landscape comes from IMDb. In a word, no. The company has launched their new service, titled Freedive, which offers movie streaming for free, with periodic ad breaks providing their needed revenue.
"Titles licensed for Freedive come from studios and networks including CBS, NBCUniversal Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures, Newmarket Films, Warner Bros". Those visitors now see direct links to view the select movies and shows that are carried by the new streaming service.
Now, that service is officially open for business in the USA - dubbed IMDb Freedive, the video-on-demand offering currently provides users with around 130 movies and 29 TV shows to stream for free, as reported by Variety.
The channel is available starting today in the United States on IMDb's website and on Amazon Fire TV devices.
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"Customers already rely on IMDb to discover movies and TV shows and decide what to watch", said Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb.
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. Presently, Freedive is only available for the U.S customers.
IMDb Freedive is available beginning today at www.imdb.com/freedive, on IMDb's website via laptop or personal computer and on Fire TV devices. On Fire TV, simply say "Alexa, go to Freedive", to immediately access, browse and enjoy free movies and TV shows.
IMDb Freedive is ad-supported, making it free to access but with the downside of advertisements. They have a decent selection of content and, more importantly, the ads don't seem terribly intrusive.