Specific details of the forthcoming ad-based model were murky at the time of the announcement. Only a few months later, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos is finally giving the public a little more clarity on what to expect.
Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos divulged that commercials will not be added to the current Netflix subscription plans. Instead, the new ad-based tier is intended to attract new subscribers who are not bothered by advertisements accompanying the content they’re watching.
The clarification should come as good news to current Netflix subscribers, who are currently paying either $9.99, $15.99, or $19.99 per month for the service. The prices are determined by such factors as the number of screens a subscriber chooses to watch programming on, and whether they want to watch the content on HD or Ultra HD.
Source: Netflix CEO Reveals Which Subscribers Will Have To Watch Ads (msn.com)
Cord cutters have no shortage of places to watch movies and television shows online. Between the paid options such as Netflix and Hulu and the endless number of free services, it’s possible to find just about any content that you want to watch.
However, one service that people frequently overlook is Freevee (formerly IMDb TV). Possibly because they’ve never heard of it. What is Freevee? Who can use it? What type of content is available? And is it worth your time? Let’s take a closer look.
What Is Freevee?
Freevee is an entirely free service for watching TV shows and movies. The service has been owned by Amazon since Bezos’ company bought IMDb in 2020, and it underwent a rebrand from IMDb TV to Freevee in April 2022.
This is the third name change for the service, which was initially launched as IMDb Freedive at the start of 2019.
The content on Freevee is ad-supported, so you’ll have to sit through the interludes at the beginning, and during the videos you watch. There is no way to pay to remove the ads, and the ads are unskippable.
Where Is Freevee Available?
At the time of this writing, users in the USA, UK, and Germany can use the service. More countries are set to come online in the coming months.
Which Devices Can You Watch Freevee On?
At one point in time, the only operating system with an app was Amazon’s FireOS. Now, however, the official Freevee app is available for Android and Apple devices, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, LG smart TVs, Xbox, and PlayStation. You can also watch Freevee through any web browser by visiting its site.
What TV Shows and Movies Are Available on Freevee?
Since the rebrand to Freevee, even more content has come online. At the time of writing, you can watch Bosch: Legacy, Top Class, America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation, and Black Beauty.
Of course, it still cannot compete with some of its other free competitors like Peacock TV and Crackle, but Freevee is still a solid app to keep in your streaming armory.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, keep an eye on the listings. Freevee is adding new content all the time. Plus, Freevee also offers live programs you can watch in real-time.
How to Find Content to Watch on Freevee
The homepage offers some broad seasonal categories, as well as various “Most Popular” categories. You will also find the broad genre categories that are commonplace on most streaming apps.
You can quickly tell whether a movie or TV show is available on Freevee when you’re using IMDb’s website directory. If the title is on offer, you will see a prominent link labeled “Watch for Free on Freevee” that you can click on.
Are There Watchlists on Freevee?
The only other significant feature worth mentioning is the presence of watchlists. Watchlists are one area where Freevee excels. The service leans heavily on the IMDb database of content to provide much better watchlist usability than services like Netflix and Hulu.
You can order your shows by rating, runtime, number of user ratings, your own ratings, popularity, and IMDb ratings. You can also easily filter by either movies or TV series, rather than having everything in a single list.
Is Freevee Worth Using?
So, is Freevee worth your time? We’re never going to turn down another way to watch free content, but at the time of writing, Freevee still feels like it’s still a work in progress (which, of course, it is).
The issues with content navigation and parental controls need to be resolved. Similarly, even though some decent shows and movies are on offer, the size of the library needs to be expanded before it becomes a viable alternative to some of its competitors.
Like everyone else, we hope that the latest rebrand finally sees the app fulfill its potential. It is hard not to feel like it is in the last chance saloon.
The free streaming hub is hosting classic movies, such as “Fight Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Speed,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tombstone.” However, the Roku Channel also is bringing beloved TV series including “Arrested Development,” “Will & Grace,” “2 Broke Girls,” and more.
Coming to Roku Channel in June:
Apache Junction (Exclusive 6/24)
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades of Grey
Meet the Browns
Pups Alone (Exclusive 6/30)
The Expendables 3
The Karate Kid (2010)
The Maze Runner
Life As We Know It
How Do You Know
Music and Lyrics
One for the Money
Step Up: All In
The Fault in Our Stars
Children Ruin Everything
Reno 911! Defunded
Billy on the Street
My Name Is Earl
Will & Grace
2 Broke Girls
The Roku Channel is a free live TV streaming service that provides 270+ live linear streaming channels and more than 80,000 free movies and TV shows. The library contains entertainment from several different decades, including some major hits.
Source: What’s Coming to Roku Channel in June 2022, Including ‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Fight Club’ – The Streamable
We’re heading into June and Netflix is having a relatively quiet month. There’s nothing on the level of Stranger Things releasing in June, but we will see the return of The Umbrella Academy. The show’s third season drops on June 22.
US audiences will also get to see the finale of Peaky Blinders, with the sixth and final season of the show hitting Netflix on June 10.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Dumb and Dumber
Edge of Seventeen
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
Lean on Me
Léon: The Professional
Life as We Know It
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible II
Mr Bean’s Holiday
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Girl Next Door
The Hurt Locker
The Players Club
We Are Marshall
Borgen – Power & Glory
Yuri Marçal: Honest Mistake
As the Crow Flies
Floor Is Lava: Season 2
Mr. Good: Cop or Crook?
The Perfect Mother
Action Pack: Season 2
Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill
That’s My Time with David Letterman
Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey
Rhythm + Flow France
Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration
Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness
Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute
Peaky Blinders: Season 6
Top Gear: Season 27
Top Gear: Season 28
Trees of Peace
Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory
Charlie’s Colorforms City: Mighty Movie Adventures
Charlie’s Colorforms City: Miss Weather and Friends
Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Jane & Lily: Ladies Night Live
The Mole: Season 3-4
God’s Favorite Idiot
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend
Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet
The War Next-door: Season 2
The Wrath of God
Dead End: Paranormal Park
Karma’s World Music Videos: Season 2
Love & Anarchy: Season 2
Rhythm + Flow France
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta
Snoop Dogg’s Fcn Around Comedy Special
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Rainbow High: Season 2
She: Season 2
You Don’t Know Me
Alchemy of Souls
Charmed: Season 4
Doom Of Love
All That: Seasons 2-3
The Future Of
Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual
Kenan and Kel: Seasons 1-2
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide: Seasons 1-2
Netflix will roll out an advert-supported subscription tier by the end of 2022, it was revealed yesterday (May 9).
The New York Times reports that Netflix executives have told their employees that are hoping to introduce a lower-cost advert-supported tier by the end of the year, a far more accelerated timetable than previously briefed.
The news comes as the same time as it was confirmed that Netflix will begin to crackdown on password sharing at the end of this year.
The streaming giant is making the move as it looks to shore up revenue. It announced in late April that it had lost 200,000 subscribers since the start of 2022, and, as a result, saw its value fall by more than $50 billion.
This announcement has seen Netflix cancel a series of shows, park many of their in-development projects, including one from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and close Tudum, the streaming giant’s editorial presence.
An advert-supported, lower-price tier isn’t a revolutionary idea for a subscription service. Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount Plus and Peacock do it already and Disney Plus will be bringing in the option this year, the reason it’s a surprise is due to the fact that Netflix’s top brass were adamant, weeks ago, that it was just an idea…
There’s a bit of panic. That’s fair to say. Netflix’s change of heart has been rapid, and, coupled with its new crackdown on password sharing, it does suggest that the company is scrambling somewhat.
Providing a cheaper option for subscribers is never a bad thing and it’s vastly preferable to saving money by axing employees and canceling shows. Things just seem to be moving so fast for Netflix, every day seems to bring some new drama, and this announcement will not help matters.
A period of calm and maybe some show renewals would help. Let’s wait and see…
Ozark season four part two has officially landed and, while fans are very much obsessed with the whole thing, viewers all seem to have the same complaint about the series.
New episodes came to Netflix last Friday and fans have had quite the reaction, including viewers all saying the same thing about Julia Garner’s Ruth Langmore, with others firmly in agreement about another character.
Now, Ozark viewers have come out again to share one specific complaint about the series: the fact that the lighting is just, erm, way too dark. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen fans complaining about how the show looks on screen – with viewers previously questioning why the show is so blue.
Of course, given the general tense tone of the drama series, it makes sense for that energy to be reflected on screen via some increasingly dark mood lighting. Still, it seems like viewers aren’t hugely keen, with some even complaining that the dark lighting makes the show too hard to follow.
One viewer tweeted, “I couldn’t stand Ozark‘s gloomy lighting… Too blue, too moody.” Meanwhile, another added, “50% of the scenes in Ozark have such bad lighting I have no idea who is even talking [sic].”
The country’s leading operating system for streaming video on TV is still expanding. Roku now has a record 61.3 million active accounts, a sequential increase of more than a million homes, and a welcome contrast to Netflix shedding 200,000 net members through the first three months of this year.
Roku’s audience also experienced a 14% increase over the past year. Remember when the most problematic knock on Roku was that folks would be streaming less after COVID-19 vaccines became freely available? A record 20.9 billion hours were spent streaming on Roku in its latest quarter, a 14% increase over the past year that matches its increase in accounts. In short, we’re streaming as much as we were a year ago.
Then we get to Roku’s ability to monetize its platform. Netflix has had to resort to price hikes to keep average revenue per user rising, but Roku’s platform is a free ad-based model. With services vying for the attention of Roku’s widening audience — and Netflix now proving mortal — you can expect a lot of connected TV ad revenue going Roku’s way. Average revenue per user for Roku has soared 34% over the past year, and that’s stacked on top of the expanding account base.
Roku is a collection of streaming devices that offer consumers viewing experiences at a variety of price points with a variety of features. No matter which Roku product you pick, though, you’ll always have access to Roku’s breadth of channels and apps. The Roku product itself is a streaming device that has the functionality for both live TV and on-demand streaming, as well as music streaming and even game play. With a simple internet connection, you have access to everything Roku has to offer.
Roku Channel List
Roku has an incredibly vast list of channels and apps available for download and use. You’ll find everything from the expected favorites to channels you never even knew existed. Check out some of the best channels available on Roku.
Free TV & Movies
One of the prime places to check for free TV and movies is the Roku Channel. This is essentially a streaming service within a streaming device. Similar to the likes of Hulu and Netflix, the Roku Channel offers a selection of free TV and movies that’s constantly rotating. You’ll find reality TV like The Bachelorette here, as well as Alfred Hitchcock classics.
Other free TV and movie channels include The CW, Peacock, Crackle, Plex, PBS, Tubi, and Filmrise. They all offer a wide selection of on-demand movies and TV shows that you can watch at your leisure.
Our Final Take
If you don’t already have a Roku, they’re a great streaming device with a ton of content to offer. Roku offers a channel or app for everyone in the family — from free TV and movies to premium subscriptions — and the fact that you can get a Roku device for as little as $30 makes this one attractive streaming device. Roku’s channel list is practically endless, and you never know what show or movie you’ll stumble across when surfing all the apps.
Source: The Top Streaming Deals This Weekend — Save on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV 4K, and More – TV Guide
Note: I’m new Roku viewer as of about 6 months ago when Netflix wasn’t doing much for me. Fortunately, my Firestick that I use for viewing Netflix, also works for viewing Roku channels. I don’t subscribe so I must watch ads. No prob except the same ads are run. The ads are short enough though. I highly recommend Roku for its variety of offerings. DH