Do you want to cut down on your streaming bill? You may want to consider free streaming services like Amazon Freevee. Here’s everything you need to know about Freevee and whether it’s worth your time.
IMDB Freedive for Amazon Freevee
Freevee is a free, ad-supported video streaming service, launched as IMDB Freedive in January 2019, before being converted to IMDB TV a few months later. Its latest name change to Amazon Freevee takes effect on April 27th.
Unlike Amazon’s premium offering – Prime Video – Freevee offers older movies and TV shows, including the classics, and a limited number of originals.
As of April 2022, Amazon only offers Freevee in the US and UK. But the service is set to debut in Germany by the end of 2022.
Large content library
You get a pretty large selection of content on Freevee. JustWatch, a streaming search engine, shows that there are over 9,000 TV shows, movies and documentaries. While most of it is licensed content from film studios and TV production houses, you also get an increasing number of originals.
To give you a brief idea of what to expect from April 2022, Freevee has TV series like Schitt’s Creek, Mad Men, Chicago brand, Lost, X-Filesand Fringesand movies like Knives Out, Sicario, The invisible man, The princess brideand Rage. But keep in mind that the service, like other streaming services, is constantly updating its catalog. So the shows or movies that are available today may not be available next month.
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Is Freevee worth your time?
As popular streaming services become expensive, Amazon hopes you come to Freevee because it costs nothing. Of course, there are commercial interruptions that can not be skipped, but it is a small price to avoid a monthly service fee.
But what brings people to any streaming service is its content. As mentioned, there are a solid number of movies and TV shows on the service. But when it comes to quality, with the exception of a limited number of popular movies, you will mostly find quite ordinary things or ordinary obscure titles. The selection of TV series is doing a little better and the service has a significantly larger number of shows that you might recognize as they used to be popular when they were on the air.
However, as everyone has different tastes in the content, we suggest that you judge the selection yourself.
Commercial interruptions are reasonable. And depending on the length of the content, you can get from zero to seven to eight ads of varying duration. But Freevee does not overload the streaming experience with ads.
Overall, Freevee is a decent option for streaming video if you do not want to get a new subscription. Of course, you do not get the same content quality or diversity as paid services. But you can not hope for that without paying something. In addition, you get access to Freevee’s full catalog – unlike some other streaming services with a free level, such as Peacock, which only gives you part of its catalog. With Freevee, your access is not limited to just a few episodes of a TV show or a limited selection of movies.
We tested Amazon Freevee in its IMDB TV format shortly before the rebrand. But even after IMDB TV becomes Freevee, you have access to the same content and features, but with a different name. That said, Amazon plans to increase Freevee’s originals by 70% by 2022.
How can you access Freevee?
Freevee is available through the Amazon website, or you can access it through its dedicated apps for iOS, Android, Fire TV, Android TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV and other platforms. In addition, you can watch the Freevee channel as part of Amazon’s Prime Video app on various platforms.
You need an Amazon account to access the service. But if you do not want to create an Amazon account, you can also use an Apple, Google or IMDB account to sign in.
Freevee is an interesting option for cord cutters. Although you often use video content, its library may not be enough to whet your appetite, but it can certainly serve as a complementary service to your existing premium subscriptions. In addition, it is easily accessible and you do not need to spend a penny.