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IMDb's Freedive is a new video streaming service, only available in the US for now

IMDb Freedrive now live, access limited to the US
IMDb Freedrive now live, access limited to the US
Amazon's subsidiary has just released a free video streaming service that offers a rich collection of ad-supported TV shows like Fringe and Heroes, as well as various Hollywood movies like The Last Samurai, True Romance, Run Lola Run, and so on. IMDb Freedrive content can be enjoyed on mobiles, laptops/desktop PCs, as well as on big screens via Amazon Fire TV devices.

Launched back in October 1990 as a set of movie-related Usenet lists, today's IMDb made the move to the online realm in 1993, when it was known as the Cardiff Internet Movie Database. Three years later, IMDb was incorporated in the United Kingdom, and in 1998 Amazon acquired it entirely for around US$55 million. Operated as an Amazon subsidiary ever since, IMDb has just launched a streaming video service for Fire TV devices that is also available via the web, namely Freedive.

Although IMDb is owned by Amazon, the Freedive service is separate from the Prime Video subscription. Ad-supported and freely accessible for US viewers, Freedive features older TV shows like Fringe, Heroes, The Bachelor, and Without a Trace. The library of Hollywood movies includes titles such as Memento, The Illusionist, The Last Samurai, True Romance, and so on. Finally, the service is also offering IMDb original video series like The IMDb Show, Casting Calls, and No Small Parts.

Available at www.imdb.com/freedive, this service can be accessed on Fire TV devices in the "Your Apps & Channels" row, but also via laptop/desktop PCs and mobile devices by using a web browser.

Sadly, there is apparently no way to access Freedive from non-US locations. VPN Unlimited and Opera's integrated VPN both failed, but if you have a suggestion — apart from moving to the US, of course — you are free to drop a comment below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01-11 (Update: 2019-01-11)
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