Saturday, 2 October 2021

IMDb TV launches with Babylon 5



Amazon has launched IMDb TV in the UK. The new ad-supported streaming service is available to both members and non-members of Amazon Prime from the Prime Video app.

“IMDb TV has created a free-to-consumer destination by combining a hybrid of exclusive Originals from Amazon Studios and highly sought-after movies and television,” said Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming, IMDb TV.

IMDb TV first launched in 2019 in the US and has scale in a competitive, and increasingly crowded, streaming space.

“Free streaming services are not unique, especially in the UK, where there’s several broadcaster options [such as BBC iPlayer and Channel 4’s All4],” Pirozzi told Variety. “I think what is unique about us is ambitious, premium original series from Amazon Studios inside a free service: that is much more unique.“

“You might see some overlap in licensed content [with Prime Video], but the selection will be unique and bespoke because we’re obsessing over UK customers,” added Pirozzi. “So we’ll tailor our selection to our customers in the UK.”

All five remastered seasons of Babylon 5 (affiliate link) are available to stream on IMDb TV, which is perfect timing following the announcement of a reboot at The CW. I've begun a rewatch after several decades! You can read Nick Smith's review here.

Will you be watching Babylon 5 on IMDb TV? Let me know in the comments below.

13 comments:

  1. Great news. I did just watch the entire series about a year ago, for the first time since it was first on, when it was shown on Quest or Pick? I think it was. It was still as great as I remember.
    I can't wait for the reboot, depending how we will be able to access it in the uk.

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    1. A lot of The CW series are shown on Sky Max!

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    2. Already watching it on HBO Max

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    3. Cool! Sky Max launches in Europe later this month.

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  2. Can't think of any better series, especially for those who are just used to the boring and self righteous Star Trek Universe.

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    1. Babylon 5 eclipsed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine IMHO!

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  3. Really nice to see positive comments about the show and the reboot! I can't wait, this is some of the best news I've had in years and a still a great time for SciFi film and TV!

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    1. Agreed! The reaction has been fantastic!

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  4. Found this last night when I was searching through prime for something to watch. Pure bonus, loves it and can't wait for the reboot but wasn't prepared to pay for it.

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    1. Many fans (myself included) have waited for the series to become available on streaming services such as HBO Max. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

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  5. Yes yes yes yes. Love this show. Perfect in every way from start to finish. Still watch on hbo max.

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