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IMDb Streams Movies, TV Shows

16 Sep, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Aiming to become more than a go-to information source for movies, TV shows and talent, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has begun offering free streams of more than 6,000 feature-length films, TV programs, including upcoming new fall TV season premiers.

The Amazon-owned site struck ad-supported distribution deals with CBS, Hulu.com (a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., the latter of which owns 20th Century Fox), Sony Pictures Television and more than 500 independent filmmakers that call for a rotation of both catalog and new material.

The venture provides an alternative to Amazon’s recently announced video-on-demand service that offers movies and TV programming without commercials.

The site will bow season premieres of select primetime shows before their air dates, including NBC’s “Knight Rider” and “Lipstick Jungle” (Sept. 24), “Chuck” and “Life” (Sept. 29), and “30 Rock” (Oct. 23).

Other TV programming includes Fox’s “24,” “Family Guy,” “House M.D.,” and “The Simpsons”; CBS’ “CSI” and “Big Brother”; and NBC’s “Heroes” and “The Office.”

Movies include Fever Pitch, Fiddler on the Roof, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Hoop Dreams, Raising Arizona and Some Like It Hot.

“Our goal is to show our users every movie and TV show on the Internet for free,” said Col Needham, founder and managing director of IMDb.com.

The site claims monthly visitors of more than 57 million.

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