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IMDb Adds Free Movie & TV Downloads

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IMDb Adds Free Movie & TV Downloads

While 7Digital's splendid path to securing all Big Four record labels DRM free today seemed somewhat mapped out we didn't see this coming...

From nowhere the definitive flicks and TV resource the Internet Movie Database (IMD-small-b) has announced it will offer over 6,000 free films and television shows to users - as long as they live in the US.

"IMDb's mission has always been to be the world's most comprehensive, user-friendly destination for all movie, TV and celebrity-related information, products and services", said IMDb founder and MD Col Needham. "We're excited to offer our users a simple online experience to watch full-length movies and TV episodes for free. Our goal is to show our users every movie and TV show on the Internet for free on IMDb.com."

This content is top end stuff too with the likes of 24, CSI, Family Guy, Heroes, the brilliant House MD, The Office and The Simpsons coming from TV along with classics such as Star Trek, Beverley Hills 90210 and the even more wonderful Buffy the Vampire Slayer (come on, you know you love it!). From the start of the new US TV season this 'fall' even brand new shows like the Knight Rider remake, Chuck, Life and 30 Life will appear.

On the films side Fever Pitch, Fiddler on the Roof, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Hoop Dreams, Some Like it Hot and Raising Arizona give a flavour of some of the treats on offer.

Filmmakers and rights owners will also be able to put their content up on IMDb through an initiative called 'Upload your Movie' - allowing them to reach the whopping 57 million users who visit the site each month.

Interestingly, the IMDb makes no hint of any future plans to charge for content and so enter into a battle with market leader iTunes. Could that be just a matter of time or - with any luck - is the IMDb a true hippy at heart...?

Link:

IMDb Upload your Movie

Press Release via StreeInsider.com

Pbryanw

September 16, 2008, 5:57 pm

Hmm...no news on whether it'll use DRM or what the quality's like yet. Though if it comes to the UK, I can see myself catching up on all those BtVS episodes I missed on BBC2.

Gordon394

September 16, 2008, 6:03 pm

Not a word sadly - but heck if it's free then get it whenever, however a US relocation is currently required remember.

Colin Welch

September 16, 2008, 10:11 pm

it is provided by http://www.hulu.com/ which may be available in the uk

James Harrison

September 16, 2008, 11:30 pm

Hmmm....there's an IMDb Pro service, which costs a monthly subscription....wonder whether the downloads are only for subscribers?

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