Amazon's IMDb launches ad-supported streaming service, Freedive
The new service was initially planned to exclusively support Amazon Fire TV devices but those without one can still access Freedive via IMDB's website on their computers
IMDb, owned by Amazon, has launched its new ad-supported streaming service called Freedive.
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime serve as the big three, but there are dozens of competitors trying to climb up the ladder, including some operated by the world's biggest media giants. Many services specifically designed to fill a particular genre niche also exist, such as the WWE Network and the horror streamer Shudder.
While most streaming services operate similarly to Netflix - users pay a monthly fee, then get commercial-free access to all content - a fast-growing segment of the streaming landscape involves ad-supported movies and TV shows. Most of these ad-supported streamers provide their content free of charge.
According to media reports, Freedive offers a selection of Hollywood movies and TV shows for free. The new service was initially reported as planned to exclusively support Amazon Fire TV devices but it turns out those without one can still access Freedive via IMDB's website on their laptop or desktop computers. The service is not available on mobile devices.
For now, Freedive does not have a wide selection which is not too unusual when it comes to free streaming platforms but more titles will be added eventually. For the moment, movies offered include Christopher Nolan's ‘Memento’, Tony Scott's ‘True Romance’, Nicolas Winding Refn's ‘Drive’, the classic courtroom drama ‘A Few Good Men’, the 1990s retelling of Bram Stoker's ‘Dracula’, acclaimed biopic ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’, and the horror cult classic ‘Night of the Creeps’. Some of the few TV shows currently offered include ‘Fringe’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Quantum Leap’, ‘Caprica’, and ‘Without a Trace’.
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