Just a month after IMDb TV, the Premium American streaming service, finally launched in the UK – and it’s adding 15 free linear channels to its roster. Furthermore, a standalone IMDb app is now available for Amazon’s Fire TV devices.
The new “live” channels are all free to watch (with adverts), and cover topics such as food, home improvement, true crime and more (see the full list below).
These linear channels are being added to IMDb TV’s on-demand content library, which includes TV classics, films and several IMDb originals, such as Leverage: Redemption and Alex Rider.
IMDb TV started as a US-only service, back in 2019, under the umbrella of the big film database, IMDb – which is owned by Amazon.
The service features licensed content from a variety of studios and production companies, as well as original productions. Everything is free to watch – but with advert breaks.
At launch, IMDb TV’s on-demand content was only available via Amazon’s Prime Video app, as a Prime Video Channel.
Prime Video channels are accessible either directly on computer browsers, or with the Prime Video app, which is available on almost every streaming device – Fire TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and most Smart TVs.
This week, however, a standalone app for the service has been announced.
IMDb TV’s Fire TV App
The new Fire TV app was already available for a while in the US, and has now been opened up to UK viewers.
Unlike the Prime Video experience, the IMDb TV app gives users a way to focus only on the content that’s available on IMDb TV.
Furthermore, the dedicated app opens up a range of live linear channels, that mimics the live TV experience.
Some of the content shown on these “live” channels is also available on-demand, but it caters to people who like the old-school style of switching between channels and programmes.
In the US, the IMDb TV standalone app is also available on Android and iOS devices – but we don’t know yet whether these versions will make their way to our side of the pond.
IMDb TV’s New Live Channels
In addition to the on-demand content, IMDb TV is joining a growing list of streaming services that provide free linear channels – such as Plex Channels, Pluto TV and others.
Accessed via the new standalone Fire TV app, the channels include categories such as sci-fi, action and horror – as well as the newly launched live channels. Some revolve around a theme – and some simply air loops of a specific series.
The new channels are:
The Design Network: The definitive destination for all things home in streaming. From organization to landscape design, entertaining, and interiors, we’re getting specific and diving deep.
This Old House: From the brand that launched the home improvement television genre, this streaming channel features Emmy-winning TV shows This Old House and Ask This Old House, with home improvement advice from trusted experts. Hosted by Kevin O’Connor, and featuring experts including Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and Jenn Nawada.
Tastemade: A 24/7 channel with award-winning food, travel, home, and design shows from around the world – from groundbreaking original series to award-winning documentaries, such as the Daytime Emmy-nominated Struggle Meals, the James Beard Award-winning Broken Bread, Mad Good Food with chef Derrell Smith, and the brand-new Tiny Kitchen Cook-Off.
True Crime Now: From global documentary streamer MagellanTV, True Crime Now features a unique collection of more than 1,000 true-crime documentary films and series, with thrilling new content added weekly.
FilmRise Free Movies: Catch film stars like Charlize Theron, Jack Black, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rooney Mara, and more in FilmRise’s massive selection of free blockbusters.
FilmRise Free Series: Tune in to beloved series across your favourite genres. Watch ‘80s crime drama Hunter, family favourite Highway to Heaven, sci-fi hit Mutant X, and more.
Are We There Yet?: The comedy series revolves around a divorced mother, Suzanne, her new husband – former athlete Nick – and their blended family, as they work together to figure out a whole new set of family dynamics.
Bridezillas: Binge on the pop-culture phenomenon Bridezillas and satisfy your inner monster. Follow brides on their tumultuous journeys leading up to the big day.
Deadly Women: This true-crime series takes you deep into the minds of some of the world’s most terrifying and dangerous women, with an FBI profiler and a forensic pathologist as your guides.
Docustream: Enjoy a rich collection of fascinating, award-winning documentaries and TV programming that explore the mysteries and beauty of our planet.
Hell’s Kitchen: Hosted by Gordon Ramsay, chefs compete against one another in a fierce reality cooking competition at Ramsay’s Las Vegas restaurant of the same name. The last chef standing will become head chef. Yes, it’s available on almost every free streaming service known to humans – but one can never have too much Gordon Ramsay.
MovieSphere: From blockbusters to cult classics, binge-watch all of your favourite films. MovieSphere is free and has something for everyone!
MythBusters: Catch your favourite MythBusters episodes as they aim to uncover the truth behind urban legends, 24/7!
Unsolved Mysteries: Hosted by Robert Stack, this series uses reenactments and interviews to retell the circumstances of mysteries that remain unsolved—covering crimes, tales of lost love, unexplained history, and paranormal events.
Voyager Documentaries: Also from MagellanTV, Voyager Documentaries is a channel built for history buffs, science enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Voyager’s vast collection of feature documentaries and series takes viewers from the wildest corners of planet Earth to the forbidding realms of deep space, while also highlighting dramatic turning points in our history.