FreeDive, new streaming service from Amazon's IMDb, offers free films, TV

Sergio Cunningham
January 11, 2019

Instead of having to deal with costly monthly bills and a confusing matrix of programming tiers from cable providers, streaming services provide us with a much simpler and affordable alternative.

The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. IMDb declined to say how many titles are initially available; the site now lists over 130 movies and 29 TV shows to stream for free.

Amazon-owned IMDb launched a new movie streaming platform today called Freedive, and it's basically Prime Video Lite.

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Amazon says that Freedive works on Fire TV devices - and indeed it does - but it also works just fine through the Amazon Prime Video app on all the places we've tried it - Android, iOS, Roku, etc.

IMDb Freedive offers a variety of content, spanning film and television, at no cost. Customers can dive even deeper into the titles they are watching on IMDb Freedive by using X-Ray, which is powered by the authoritative information on IMDb about cast, crew, trivia, soundtracks and more. Presently, Freedive is only available for the U.S customers. (There are multiple categories on the service, including drama, comedies, horror, action, family, and so on.) The streaming service also boasts of a few IMDb original series' that take a look at the movie and TV industry.

IMDb Freedive is ad-supported, making it free to access but with the downside of advertisements. 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". They have a decent selection of content and, more importantly, the ads don't seem terribly intrusive.

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