What is IMDb TV?
Moving beyond being a database for film-related information, IMDb joined the online streaming race in 2019 with IMDb TV. Originally called Freedrive, IMDb TV lets you watch certain movies for free. The only catch is that it comes with advertisements, but that’s a small price to pay for free access to classic movies and shows as well as original content.
IMDb TV lets you watch classics like Bewitched, Fun with Dick and Jane, Memento, My Girl, Something’s Gotta Give, Tank Girl, The Never-Ending Story, The Saint, and Total Recall. And its TV show collection fails to disappoint with iconic titles such as Ally McBeal, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Psych, The Middle, White Collar, and X-Men.
IMDb TV plans and pricing
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IMDb TV supported devices
You can stream movies and shows on the official IMDb TV page through your laptop or desktop browser. Other than that, titles are also accessible through the IMDb app, the IMDb channel, or the Prime Video app on the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV devices
- Android devices
- Apple TV
- iOS devices
- Roku devices
What to watch on IMDb TV
IMDb TV’s content lineup has a decent mix of well-loved classics and popular, contemporary releases as well as cult favorites in a diverse range of categories. While its current content slate consists of about 200+ titles, the service will soon expand this lineup with Amazon striking up new deals with MGM Studios, Sony, and Warner Bros.
It even has a handful of original content consisting of animated TV series, documentaries, reality TV, and talk shows. IMDb TV offers hundreds of documentaries, movies, and TV series in the following categories:
- Action and adventure
- Chills and thrills
- Criminally good TV
- Date night picks
- Hidden gems
- IMDb originals
- Movies for the whole family
- Real-life dramas
In addition, it identifies the most popular and top-rated picks from these titles and provides weekly recommendations to promote content discovery.
Its action and adventure selection includes classic flicks from the ’90s and early 2000s as well as contemporary releases. You’ll find iconic titles like Batman Forever, Direct Action, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms, In Hell, Kill Switch, The Code, The Legend of Zorro, and Unstoppable.
The chills and thrills category focuses on legendary horror movies and contemporary titles, such as An American Haunting, An American Werewolf in Paris, Borgman, Chappie, Gremlins, Stuck, The Wraith, Uncanny, and What Lies Beneath.
And then there’s the expansive comedy collection featuring well-loved classics from the ’80s and ’90s like Airplane, Addams Family Values, Bull Durham, My Girl, Much Ado About Nothing, Now and Then, Stuart Little, Summer School, and Tank Girl. You also get a bunch of post-2000 hits like Elf, Fun with Dick and Jane, Ghost World, Hitch, Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Big Short.
For lovers of crime shows and movies, the service offers a decent mix of options, including 21 Jump Street, Blue Heelers, Case Histories, No Night is Too Long, The A-Team, and The Following. There’s also a selection of family-friendly titles such as Muppets in Space, Paddington, The King and I, and Zoo.
For those who enjoy content based on true events, IMDb TV also provides access to documentaries and real-life dramas. Popular titles in this category include 3 Days of Glory, a documentary about the world’s greatest wine celebration, and Broadway Idiot, which takes you behind the scenes of Green Day’s American Idiot album. You can also enjoy options such as Cadillac Records, Rize, The US vs. John Lennon, and Titanic: The Aftermath.
IMDb TV features
IMDb TV lacks many features that often come with paid services. For instance, it doesn’t let you download titles for offline viewing – something that almost every leading streaming service offers. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about simultaneous streaming limits because the service is free.
IMDb TV doesn’t specify how many screens you can access at a time using one account. So you might have to use separate accounts for simultaneous streaming. This shouldn’t pose a huge problem as you can log in using either an Amazon or IMDb account — and it’s free to create one.
Unfortunately for households with children, the service lacks parental control settings. You don’t have the option to activate viewing restrictions or customize accessibility settings through the IMDb TV website. But you can set viewing restrictions using the parental controls on Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.
Although the existence of commercials may seem like a major disadvantage, you typically only get an average of 5 ad breaks per movie, which adds up to about 5 minutes. Some movies may have more ads than usual, so be prepared. Still, viewing 5-10 minutes of ads for a free movie or show is absolutely worth it, especially if you consider the surprisingly good picture quality.
Speaking of which, IMDb TV doesn’t give out picture quality specifics. It allows viewers to choose from “good,” “better,” and “best.” But the service doesn’t kid around when it comes to playback quality, delivering clear and vivid images. That’s only fair since free content is IMDb’s biggest selling point.
The final cut
Considering the fact that you get access to over 200 movies and shows without having to pay for a subscription, IMDb TV is definitely worth a try. You can always stop using the service if the ads disrupt your viewing experience, or you find the picture quality unsatisfactory. As for the feature limitations like lack of parental controls, you also have the option to customize the settings through various streaming devices.
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