How to Watch IMDB TV Online

Details about Amazon's free streaming service

IMDB TV is an ad-supported streaming service that provides access to a wide selection of television and movies. The service is totally free, but there is no way to remove the ads. If you prefer a service without ads, IMDB TV is owned by Amazon, and some of the content on IMDB TV is also available through Prime Video.

What is IMDB TV and How Does it Work?

IMDB TV is a service from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) that provides ad-supported free access to a large library of TV shows and movies. While Amazon owns the IMDB, you don't need an Amazon Prime membership to use IMDB TV.

IMDB TV is totally free, but you have to watch ads that are interspersed with the TV shows and movies on the service. You can access IMDB TV through a web browser on your computer or an app on your phone or streaming device that is also free. If you do have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can even watch IMDB TV as a channel on the Prime Video site or app.

Watching IMDB TV on a phone.
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How to Sign up for IMDB TV

IMDB TV requires a sign in to work, but they give you a whole lot of options. You can use your existing IMDB account if you have one, or make a new IMDB account for free. Alternately, you can log in using your Facebook, Google, or Amazon account.

Here's how to sign in to IMDB TV and also get started with a new account if you like:

  1. Navigate to IMDB.com, then select Sign In located in the upper right corner of the page.

    A screenshot of IMDB.
  2. Select a sign in method, then enter your login credentials for that account to proceed, or select Create Account to make an IMDB account.

    A screenshot of the IMDB sign in page.
  3. If creating a new account, enter your information, then select Create your IMDB Account.

    A screenshot of the IMDB account creation page.
  4. After logging into an existing account or creating a new account, you will be returned to the main IMDB website.

How to Watch TV and Movies on IMDB TV

Once you're signed up and signed in, watching movies on IMDB TV is extremely easy. You can use the Advanced Title Search to find the exact thing you're looking for, or simply browse through the shows and movies listed on the main IMDB TV page to find something that looks interesting.

Here's how to watch TV and movies on IMDB TV:

  1. Navigate to IMDB.com, then select IMDB TV in the upper left portion of the page.

    A screenshot of IMDB.com.
  2. Locate a movie or TV show you want to watch, then select it.

    A screenshot of IMDB TV.
  3. Your movie or show will automatically start playing.

    A screenshot of a movie on IMDB TV.

How to Use the IMDB TV Watchlist

IMDB TV doesn't have a whole lot of extra features, as an ad-supported free service, but it does include a watchlist. You can add any movie or show on IMDB to your watchlist, whether or not it's available on IMDB TV, and keep track of what you want to watch. If a show or movie is available on IMDB TV, you can use your watchlist to find it on the main IMDB site and then watch it.

The process isn't that different from other services that include some kind of queue or watchlist, but it can be confusing due to the way it leads you to the regular IMDB listing for the show or movie you're trying to watch.

Here's how to use the IMDB TV watchlist:

  1. To add a show or movie to your watchlist, place your mouse over the show or movie you are interested in and select the + in the upper left corner.

    A screenshot of IMDB TV.
  2. From any page on IMDB, select Watchlist in the upper right part of the page to reach your watchlist.

  3. Select any show or movie in your watchlist to go to the IMDB page for that title.

    A screenshot of the IMDB TV Watchlist.
  4. From the IMDB page for that title, select Watch Free on IMDB TV to watch it.

    A screenshot of a movie listing on IMDB.

How to Use the IMDB TV App

There are two ways to watch IMDB TV movies and television shows on your phone, tablet, or streaming device. You can use the IMDB TV app if it's available for your device, or you can use the IMDB TV channel in the Prime Video app. If you already have the Prime Video app, then that's the more convenient option. If you don't have Amazon Prime, then the IMDB TV app works just fine.

Here's where to get the IMDB TV app:

Here's how to use the IMDB TV app:

  1. Launch the IMDB TV app, and either log in using one of the provided methods or tap CREATE AN ACCOUNT.

  2. Either sign in using your existing credentials, or create your new IMDB account.

  3. Choose whether or not to allow the IMDB app to access your location.

    How to access IMBD on Mobile.
  4. Tap OK to allow the IMDB TV app to ping your phone with notifications, or click REVIEW to turn notifications off.

  5. Tap IMDB TV in the upper menu bar.

  6. Tap a movie or show you want to watch, and it will start playing.

    Find a movie on IMDb TV.

How to Watch IMDB TV From the Prime Video App

If you have Amazon Prime, then you should have the Prime Video app installed on all your devices. It provides instant access to free Amazon Prime Video content, any channels you have subscribed to, and the entire IMDB TV library.

Here's where you can get the Prime Video app if you don't already have it:

Here's how to watch IMDB TV channel on your Prime Video app:

  1. Launch the Prime Video app, and tap Channels in the bottom menu bar.

  2. Tap IMDB TV.

    Screenshot of IMDb Channels.
  3. Tap a movie or show you want to watch.

  4. Tap Watch Now, and the movie or show will start playing.

    How to watch a movie on IMDb TV.