The market for free streaming videos and advertising is becoming extremely competitive.
IMDb, the movie and TV website owned by Amazon, launched a free streaming channel on Thursday. Called IMDb Freedive, it is available to US users. UU On the IMDb website and on the Amazon Fire TV devices.
IMDb Freedive offers a variety of content, including film and television, at no cost. No subscription to IMDb or Amazon Prime is required, as the service is supported by ads. Viewers simply need to create a free IMDb account to start watching.
Old movies like The illusionist, I remember, Y The last Samurai They are currently available to see in the service. Fringe, heroes, without a trace, Y The Bachelor make up some of Freedive's current television offerings. (There are several categories in the service, which include drama, comedies, horror, action, family, etc.). The streaming service also boasts of some original series of IMDb that badyze the film and television industry.
Video streaming services are extremely hot at this time. A recent study found that only Netflix consists of Internet traffic from around the world. Netflix's competitors, such as Amazon's paid subscription service, Prime Video, and are also experiencing growth. Disney is about to release its content full of Star Wars and Marvel.
However, as the subscription-based broadcast heats up, top players have also launched free streaming services with advertising.
Late last year, YouTube launched a series of movies and shows that showed Hollywood movies with advertising. The vertical was previously reserved for the content that was needed to rent or buy to see. The company that has its own Original YouTube videos, such as its Karra Kid spin-off Cobra Kai, were all free to watch, model supported by advertising also this year. That content is used to require a paid subscription to YouTube Premium.
Roku, one of the leading companies of streaming media boxes, also has its own free channel, The Roku Channel. Last summer, the company launched an independent website that no longer requires a Roku device to view content on its free streaming video network.
Currently, the only multimedia devices that can transmit Freedive from IMDb are Amazon's Fire TV products. It will be interesting to see if Amazon finally opens Freedive to other decoders like Roku.
Amazon has made it notoriously difficult for Amazon Prime Video subscribers to consume their content on non-Amazon devices. Amazon Prime Video was notably absent from Apple TV's application offerings until recently. You still can not broadcast movies and Prime Video programs to.
IMDb says it will make Freedive more available, but so far the only platform with an explicit name is the IMDb mobile application. Judging by the release of Prime Video, it is possible that IMDb Freedive remains an exclusive of Fire TV, at least in the near future.