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

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

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

TV shows on IMDb Freedive include past seasons of "Fringe", "Heroes", "The Bachelor" (seasons 20 and 21), "Gilligan's Island", "Duck Dynasty", "Quantum Leap", "Born This Way" and "Without a Trace".

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.

As far back as August, we reported that Amazon and IMDb were teaming up to launch a new ad-supported streaming service for Fire TV devices in 2019, offering free access to a huge number of movies and TV shows.

Amazon has been a player in streaming video for years through its Prime Video service, which started as a perk for subscribers of the online retailer's annual Prime shipping service. IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.

Films featured at the top of the home page on Thursday included "Memento", "True Romance", "Awakenings", "The Last Samurai" and others.

IMDb is expanding its video offering beyond short-form original series, trailers and celebrity interviews.

You can check out IMDb Freedive here.

Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, said in a statement that Freedive will eventually be made available more widely, including on IMDb's mobile apps.

The IMDb Freedive catalog will continue to evolve, with new titles added regularly. Starting this week, Fire TV device customers will see a new IMDb Freedive icon in the "Your Apps & Channels" row, or they can use Alexa voice commands - "Alexa, go to Freedive" - to access the content.

IMDb claims it has 250 million unique visitors a month looking up information about more than five million movies and shows.