IMDB should work together. Lots of benefits for both partners.

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Since it's getting more and more common to stream movies from service providers like netflix, Hulu, vudu, iTunes and others, I think it's time for IMDB to make deals with those companies to implement a database that keeps track of where the movie can be seen. I suggest that IMDB include a little logo badge from the streaming service ex.Netflix, and when touching the badge you is informed about which country it's awailable in. If the the database is well implemented there is minimal work to be done to keep track of what's in and what's out of the streamingservice. Since IMDB, in no dobt, is the best and most used movie database on the Internet, I think it's time to take some steps further into the year 2015 and implement this feature..(and more ;-)) Thanks to IMDB for all the works so far, and especially the good looking app that works like a charm and also is very intuitive to use.
Kind regards Lasse
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Hi Koobecafon Von,

I personally would love to have a central place to find out where I may view films and television programs. I believe that many other people would also like to have this resource. IMDb would be a logical place to host such a feature.

IMDb already has part of what you would like to see implemented. IMDb's Advanced Title Search page (http://www.imdb.com/search/title), allows you to search "Instant Watch Options" for:
  • Free on IMDb
  • Free on IMDb via Hulu
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video
  • Without A Box
  • Internet Archive
  • Crackle
  • CW
You can also determine the "Instant Watch Options" for titles in your Watchlist.


From a technical point of view, IMDb could build on this information. The technical challenges are simple compared to the logistical and legal issues.

The titles shown on each of the streaming services change over time. For instance, Netflix may only have a license to a film or television series during a specific time frame. For the information to be up to date on IMDb, Netflix would have to allow IMDb to retrieve data from Netflix.

The legal issues may be the most challenging. Amazon.com is the parent company of IMDb. Amazon.com is a direct competitor to Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and other streaming services.
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