Looking for another option for free movies and TV shows? IMDB Freedive is here to scratch that itch, provided you’re willing to watch a few ads.
Guide to IMDB Freedive
How do I watch IMDB Freedive?
You can watch on your computer or any Amazon Fire TV device. Click here to access IMDB Freedive. You can also find the content by browsing the Amazon Prime Video app on an Android-enabled TV. Just keep scrolling down until you see the Freedive section.
What’s up with the ads?
The number and frequency of ads appear to vary, depending on what you’re watching. “The Last Samurai” has 14 commercial breaks. “Battlefield Earth” has five. You can’t skip or fast-forward the ads. You also can’t buy your way out of the ads; Freedive suggests buying movies through Amazon Prime if you want an ad-free experience.
On the plus side, the ad breaks are only 15-65 seconds and there’s a countdown so you know how long you’re stuck. Like many free streaming options, however, the ad breaks appear to be dropped totally at random. That can be jarring.
Is the Freedive selection any good?
There are some gems, but not many at the time of publication. Right now, there are just 15 films from the IMDB Top 1000:
- Big Fish
- True Romance
- Midnight in Paris
- The Last Samurai
- The Illusionist
- Donnie Brasco
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Run Lola Run
- Drunken Master
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
There are a few other quality films in the mix:
- The Natural
- The Fisher King
- The Mask of Zorro
- Legends of the Fall
- Blue Jasmine
And if you love bad or cheesy movies, they have some holy grails, including “Miami Connection,” “Anaconda,” and the aforementioned “Battlefield Earth.” You could also watch “The Net” and see how badly it holds up. Or watch all three movies in the “Look Who’s Talking” trilogy.
As with most streaming services, we expect the selection will rotate, but it’s a decent start.
Can you watch Freedive anywhere?
Right now, it’s only available in the United States and U.S. territories. That’s nothing a VPN can’t fix, however.
Any other cool stuff?
Here’s one area where IMDB Freedive surpasses every other streaming system: its search function.
When you’re on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, or its streaming cousins, you’re often stuck scrolling endlessly, hoping that the algorithm can pull an appealing title from the library.
With Freedive, you can cross-reference your search with IMDB’s data. So you can find free movies that have won Academy Awards (Freedive has nine Oscar-winners at the moment). Or find movies that filmed in Chicago (Freedive offers 13). Or get even more specific by choosing 20th Century Fox movies with Dolby Digital sound (Freedive has three.)
The ability to slice and dice your search according to your specific criteria is a feature no other streaming service can match.
What TV options are available?
It’s a mixed bag, but you may find something that appeals to you. “Heroes,” “Dallas,” “Quantum Leap,” “Fringe,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” and “Gilligan’s Island” are available. You can also watch “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” So it’s mostly “comfort food” TV.
Much like other free streaming options, the selection of films you actually want to watch is pretty small. Beyond that, IMDB Freedive is a weird junk drawer full of random content. But if you were to cobble together Freedive with Hoopla, Pluto, and some others, you’d have a respectable mix of free movie options.
Keep your eyes peeled to see if Freedive can set itself apart from the free streaming competition. The incredible search function alone is reason to give it a shot.