IMDb TV is an entirely free service for watching TV shows and movies. Unsurprisingly, it is operated by IMDb.com. Most people are aware of the website thanks to its impressive catalog of ratings, reviews, storyline summaries, and cast lists.
What some people don’t realize, however, is that IMDb is owned by Amazon. And it’s Amazon that has driven the creation of the platform, which was initially launched as IMDb Freedive at the start of 2019.
The content on IMDb TV is ad-supported, so you’ll have to sit through the interludes at the beginning and during the videos you watch. There is no way to pay to remove the ads, and the ads are unskippable.
Where Is IMDb TV Available?
At the moment, only users in the United States can watch IMDb TV. However, in an announcement that accompanied the rebrand from IMDb Freedive to IMDb TV in June 2019, IMDb confirmed that it would expand into more markets.
For now, if you live anywhere other than the United States, you will have to use a VPN to use the platform. We recommend ExpressVPN and CyberGhost thanks to the services’ low price and high levels of reliability.
Which Devices Can Access the platform?
The official IMDb TV app is available for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, LG smart TVs, Xbox, PlayStation. You can also use the platform through any web browser by visiting IMDb.com/tv/.
While there is no dedicated IMDb TV app for iOS, but you can watch IMDb TV using the standard IMDb app. Just click the “IMDb TV” category to see what movies and TV shows are available to stream.
iOS users can at least stay hopeful; at one point in time, the only operating system with an IMDb TV app was Amazon’s FireOS. However, it seems Amazon is finally prepared to let its rivals offer the app. An iOS app might not be too far away.
What TV Shows and Movies Are Available on the platform?
IMDb is tight-lipped about the precise amount of content available on its service. What the company has confirmed, however, is that the amount of content trebled at the time of the rebrand.
The platform has deals in place with many of the leading TV and Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, and MGM Studios.
These deals mean that, unlike many free TV and movie services, there is a solid amount of critically-acclaimed content for you to dive into. Some of the best movies on the platform include American Pyscho, Atonement, The Hurt Locker, and Boomerang.
Some of the most popular free TV series on the platform include 24, Madmen, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Lost, Ugly Betty, and Ally McBeal.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, keep an eye on the listings. IMDb is adding new content all the time. However, the platform does not stream live TV channels.
How to Find Content to Watch on IMDb TV
Unfortunately, finding shows on the platform is not straightforward. Although the homepage offers some broad seasonal categories, such as for Christmas and Halloween, as well as various “Most Popular” categories, the service lacks navigable genre categories that are commonplace on most streaming apps.
That might be to disguise the fact that the content library is a bit thinner than IMDb would like to admit. Or maybe it’s simply because the platform is relatively new and therefore still under active development.
On the positive side, you can quickly tell whether a movie or TV show is available on the platform when you’re using IMDb’s website directory. If the title is on offer, you will see a prominent link labeled “Watch for Free on IMDb TV” that you can click on.
Another area IMDb TV is lacking in is parental controls. If you watch via your web browser there are no parental controls available. Which, given that the service includes kids’ TV shows and movies, will be concerning for parents.
The way the platform displays its content doesn’t help matters. For example, check out the image above. There is a row of wholly-unsuitable-for-kids sci-fi movies directly above a row containing family shows like Hey Arnold and Looney Tunes.
On the TV app, the situation is slightly better. IMDb can pull your viewing restrictions and PIN settings from your Amazon account.
Are There Watchlists on IMDb TV?
The only other significant feature worth mentioning is the presence of watchlists. Watchlists are one area where IMDb TV excels. The service leans heavily on the IMDb database of content to provide much better watchlist usability than services like Netflix and Hulu.
You can order your shows by rating, runtime, number of user ratings, your own ratings, popularity, and IMDb ratings. You can also easily filter by either movies or TV series, rather than having everything in a single list.
Is The platform Worth Using?
So, is IMDb TV worth your time? We’re never going to turn down another way to watch free content, but at the time of writing the platform still feels like it’s still a work in progress.
The issues with content navigation and parental controls need to be resolved. Similarly, even though some decent shows and movies are on offer, the size of the library needs to be expanded before it becomes a viable alternative to some of its competitors.