Do you want to save 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 to Amazon Freevee
Freevee is a free ad-supported video streaming service that launched in January 2019 as IMDB Freedive and changed its name to IMDB TV a few months later. The last name change to Amazon Freevee will take effect on April 27.
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 will offer Freevee only in the US and UK. But the service will debut in Germany at the end of 2022.
Extensive content library
You get quite a large selection of content on Freevee. JustWatch, a streaming search engine, shows that there are more than 9,000 TV shows, movies and documentaries. While most of it is licensed content from movie studios and TV production houses, you’re also getting a growing number of originals.
To give you a brief idea of what to expect, as of April 2022, Freevee will have TV shows such as: Schitt’s CreekI crazy menI Chicago fireI LostI The X filesand Zoomand movies like Blades offI SicarioI The Invisible ManI The princess brideand Fury† 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 get expensive, Amazon hopes you’ll come to Freevee because it costs nothing. Sure, there are commercial breaks that can’t be skipped, but that’s a small cost to avoid monthly service charges.
However, what brings people to a streaming service is its content. As mentioned, there are a large number of movies and TV shows on the service. But when it comes to quality, apart from a limited number of popular movies, you’ll find mostly mundane things or just obscure titles. The TV show selection is slightly better and the service has a significantly larger number of programs that you might recognize because they were popular when they were on the air.
However, since everyone has different tastes in content, we recommend that you judge the selection for yourself.
Commercial interruptions are reasonable. And depending on the length of the content, you can get zero to seven-eight ads of varying duration. But Freevee doesn’t overload the streaming experience with ads.
Overall, Freevee is a good option for streaming video if you don’t want another plan. Of course, you won’t get the same content quality or diversity as paid services. But you can’t hope for that without paying something. Plus, you get access to Freevee’s entire catalog, unlike some other free streaming services like Peacock, which only give you a portion of the catalog. With Freevee, your access isn’t limited to just a few episodes of a TV show or a limited selection of movies.
We tested Amazon Freevee in its IMDB TV form shortly before the rebrand. But even after IMDB TV went Freevee, you’ll be able to access the same content and features, but with a different name. That said, Amazon plans to grow Freevee’s originals by 70% by 2022.
How do you access Freevee?
Freevee is available through the Amazon website, or you can access it through the dedicated apps for iOS, Android, Fire TV, Android TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, 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 don’t want to create an Amazon account, you can also use an Apple, Google, or IMDB account to login.
Freevee is an interesting option for cord cutters. If you regularly use video content, the library may not be enough to satisfy your hunger, but it can certainly work as a complementary service to your existing premium subscriptions. Moreover, it is easily accessible and you do not have to spend a cent.