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What Is IMDb TV and Is It Free?

IMDb TV Is the Free Streaming Service You Didn't Know You Needed

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, cast portrait,  2001-2007, CATV / courtesy Everett Collection

Is streaming fatigue a thing yet? If not, it will be soon, as HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi enter the already crowded market of streamers vying for our attention. But in the midst of the streaming boom, a few totally free services are just sitting there begging for our attention. One of those services is IMDb TV, an ad-supported section of the movie information website that ends arguments about whether or not Shazaam was a real movie on a daily basis (it was not). Owned by Amazon, the collection of movies and films on IMDb TV is far from expansive, but it features quite a few titles you might actually want to watch. If you're intrigued, read on to find out everything you need to know about IMDb TV.

Is IMDb TV New?

It is not! We've all just collectively been sleeping on this aspect of IMdb.com. The free streamer launched in January 2019, and features a rotating selection of ad-supported movies and TV shows for your viewing pleasure.

How Do You Watch IMDb TV?

OK, this part is a little bit tricky. IMDb TV doesn't have a separate streaming app that you can download on streaming devices like Roku. It is available separately on Fire TV and other Fire devices since it's an Amazon product, but everyone else will need to access the service via IMDb.com directly. You can also watch anything available on the service by downloading the traditional IMDb app to your smart phone or tablet and clicking the IMDb TV tab at the top of the page.

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What Can You Watch on IMDb TV?

Not a lot, but on the upside the service does include some rare finds that aren't readily available in the streaming world. Current titles in the movie collection include Legally Blonde, The Social Network, You're Next, and Stuart Little. On the TV side of things, you can watch all of Degrassi: The Next Generation (you're planning a marathon already, aren't you?), Everwood, Revenge, The Middle, and My So-Called Life. There are also a few international favorites to choose from, like Canada's Corner Gas and the brilliant Britcom Miranda.

Can You Pay to Make the Commercials Go Away?

No, you can't. But on the upside, that means this is one streamer that won't cut into your latte money. There's absolutely no catch. IMDb TV is free — there's no second tier that allows you to pay a fee and skip the commercials. All you have to do is live with a few ad breaks, which aren't that bad anyway. Overall, there doesn't appear to be nearly as many ads as what you get while watching traditional cable.

Should You Try IMDb TV?

If you're looking to bask in nostalgic TV shows or track down a favorite movie that's not on Netflix, then absolutely. This particular streamer isn't for anyone looking for splashy originals or an endless supply of content. IMDb TV has a small library that is a bit of a pain to navigate. But it costs nothing, and has a handful of titles that viewers will actually want to watch. That quality over quantity approach, combined with the joy of watching free stuff on demand, makes this a nice little streamer to keep on your radar as the streaming wars continue to heat up.

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