IMDb TV streaming service review 2020: Product, price and features
A huge database of popular titles, but only a small selection are available for free.
IMDb is an affiliate of Amazon, consisting of a huge database of movie and TV titles. IMDb TV is an extension of that database, taking a random handful of 100 or so titles and making them available to stream for free.
There’s no rhyme nor reason for which titles from big Hollywood featuring stars like Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie are available to stream for free and which aren’t. No subscription is required to get started, only an IMDb account. Just be ready for ads to pop up in return for your access to free titles.
Pros and cons
- Free. It costs nothing to start watching a selection of movies and TV shows.
- Soundtrack. Hear a song you like? Sift through the X-Ray section and find a chronological soundtrack to a movie, as well as where to find the song.
- Entire series. With access to every series, start any TV series from the beginning.
- Ads. This free service is supported by ads.
- Fickle parental controls. It honors parental controls that you set on TV devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick, but not on desktops.
What features does IMDb TV offer?IMDb TV is merely an extension of IMDb, so every feature you receive with a traditional IMDb account trickles into an IMDb TV account along with streaming bonus features, such as X-Ray and a Watchlist.
There is a large selection of titles in the IMDb database and only a certain number of them are free. The Advanced Search feature is available to lay all titles out in front of you to help you find IMDb TV free offerings. From there, you can simply choose a genre or click IMDb TV only before hitting Search.
The X-Ray feature with every title gives you details like cast members, music and trivia.
Share your thoughts about a movie or TV show with a review. But remember that everyone else can see what you write.
Personalize your Watchlist and keep track of the titles you add. The Watchlist also gives you the option to customize the order of the list, add notes and make your list public or private.
With an IMDb account you can edit the page with updated information. Scroll down to the page until you find the edit page button. Data managers will fact check the information you provide.
What devices are compatible with IMDb TV?
It’s available on any device that supports the IMDb app or Amazon Prime Video channels including cell phones, tablets, desktops and gaming systems.
- Smart TV devices
- Apple TV
- Samsung TV
- LG TV
- Vizio TV
- Desktop and laptops
- Mac OS
- Google Chrome
- Mobile devices
- iOS iPhones and iPads
- Android phones and tablets
- Amazon Fire tablet
- Gaming devices
- PlayStation 3 and 4
- Xbox One
- Other devices
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Cox Contour
How much does IMDb TV cost?IMDb TV is free once you create an IMDb account. You can also use your Amazon login details if you have an Amazon account.
What can I watch with IMDb TV?
Any movie or TV show in the IMDb database with the option to Watch free on IMDb TV. There are various movie and TV show genres within the catalog and IMDb originals. From Legally Blonde and Donnie Darko to Dahmer and Shrek Forever After, there’s something for every mood. It offers TV series as well with the same wide genre range including Private Practice, Schitt’s Creek and Alf.
- TV series
- Private Practice
- Schitt’s Creek
- Forensic Files
- Legally Blonde
- Donnie Darko
- Shrek Forever After
- Trouble with the Curve
- IMDb originals
- You’re Not a Monster
- Corner Gas Animated
- Special Skills
Though it’s hard to tell what titles are free and which you’ll need to pay for, the Advanced Search feature displays every title for you.
What Internet speeds does IMDb TV recommend?
IMDb is an Amazon company, so viewers need an Internet connection of at least 1Mbps for SD and 5Mbps for HD according to Amazon’s Prime Video help center.
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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.
Expert reviewIMDb TV seems like a great way to watch blockbuster movies for free and it is — for older blockbusters. As an extension of IMDb, there is a huge database of movies and TV series from all over the world, from every decade — and still, IMDb TV has a slim selection.
If you’re interested in checking out the 15+ categories it has and the 50 or so titles that are sprinkled throughout each one for fun, go for it: It’s free. But if you’re looking for a way to watch Joker or any huge movie in the last three years for free, IMDb TV isn’t the way.