Say hello to Amazon Freevee, the newly rebranded version of IMDb TV. While the name has changed, Amazon Freevee is set to be what IMDb TV was — a free, ad-supported streaming video (AVOD) platform with a full library of TV shows and movies available to watch. But with the new name also comes a bigger push into original content.
With no shortage of streaming services in the market right now, here’s a quick primer on what you need to know about Amazon Freevee.
What is Amazon Freevee?
Owned by Amazon and building off what IMDb TV had started, Amazon Freevee is billing itself as "a modern television network" that offers a slate of original programming with a continuously updating library of movies and TV shows across a wide variety of genres.
As an AVOD platform, Amazon Freevee is, as its name implies, free and requires no subscription. Freevee is available as a Prime Video channel or as a standalone app. Ads will play intermittently throughout a program, similar to what would happen when watching TV normally.
What can you watch on Amazon Freevee?
Amazon Freevee's library titles update periodically, but they offer a wide range of TV shows and movies across different genres. This includes a short-term film licensing agreement with Disney, first announced on May 2. This deal will include Deadpool, Deadpool 2, Logan, Hidden Figures, Murder on the Orient Express and The Post. This is the second licensing deal with a major movie studio, the other being NBCUniversal that gives Amazon Freevee a rotation of 2020-2021 Universal movies like Dolittle, The Invisible Man, Promising Young Woman, F9 and Sing 2.
But a big focus for Freevee moving forward is its own original content. When Amazon announced the rebrand to Amazon Freevee, it also said it expects to grow its originals slate by 70% in 2022. Here are the list of already released Amazon Freevee original series:
- Alex Rider
- Bug Out
- Judy Justice
- Leverage: Redemption
- Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary
- Moment of Truth
- Pretty Hard Cases
- Uninterrupted: Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers
And here are some upcoming originals that have already been announced:
- America's Test Kitchen: The Next Generation
- Beyond Black Beauty
- Bosch: Legacy
- High School
- Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis
- Love Accidentally
- Play-Doh Squished
- Post Malone: Runaway
The streaming service also provides what is known as FAST (free ad-supported TV) channels, more than 75 of them. The FAST channel lineup includes exclusive linear channels for Kim's Convenience (which starred a pre-Shang-Chi Simu Liu) and the original The Kids in the Hall comedy series.
Where is Amazon Freevee available?
Amazon Freevee is currently available in the US and UK, with plans to launch in Germany later in 2022.
What devices is Amazon Freevee on?
Amazon Freevee is available as an app on Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablets and as a free channel to Prime Video subscribers.
The streaming service is also available as a standalone app on third party devices, including:
- Samsung smart TVs (2017-2021 models)
- Comcast's Xfinity Flex
- Xfinity X1
- Chromecast with Google TV
- NVIDIA SHIELD
- Android TV devices
- Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
- PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
- LG smart TVs (2018-2021 models)
- iPhone, iPad
- Android mobile devices
Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.
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