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Online Movie Information Database

Published 01/22/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

IMDb refers to the Internet Movie Database. IMDb has become one of the most popular resources for film related information on the internet. Users can visit the site and learn almost anything about new and past movie releases. The site maintains a data base that includes all relevant information. Individual film pages present cast and crew information, photographs (if they are available), trivia, trailers, synopsis, user comments and reviews. Part of what makes IMDB so popular is its user base, which contributes their opinions and helps the site become the definitive go to source for film reviews. Articles and other content are also available to provide a well rounded collection of information all focused on films. Actors, directors, and any other film related people can maintain profiles on IMDb which are linked to the films or television shows they helped produce or acted in.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

IMDb first emerged on October 17th, 1990. Eight years later it was acquired by Amazon. What began as a hobby endeavor for film fans became a widespread resource for all things related to film. Today IMDB currently holds information for more than 15 million individual film and television credits. The current team includes CTO H.B. Siegel and Senior Product Manager Kintan Brahmbhatt.

What are the differences to other apps?

Just about every film enthusiast knows about IMDb. The site covers films from just about every genre and decade. Users can discuss films, provide ratings or read ratings to make a decision the next time they go to the theater or video store. IMDb has an enormous collection of information on movies, making it an excellent resource.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

New users are greeted by a number of options on the IMDb homepage. The website features trailer and video clip highlights along with a search tool that helps users find out local movie show times. Navigational links across the top of the page help users locate videos, news, television and movie related information as well as the IMDb community or IMDb Pro membership option. Throughout the homepage users can also check out recent events related to the film industry, including awards shows and celebrity updates.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join the IMDb community by clicking on the white “Register” link at the top, right hand corner of the homepage. The user is taken to the registration form which requires an email address, gender, year of birth, zip code, country location and password. After entering the information, the user can click the gold “Register!” button at the bottom of the form. A second blue button is available along the right hand side that gives the user the option of registering through their existing Facebook profile.

What does it cost to use the application?

Creating a basic IMDb account costs nothing. There are no subscription fees or other payment requirements for doing so. Users can access all basic features and film information through their account. Even without an account, users can search for film information. IMDb currently offers a Pro membership option that costs about $16 per month. The Pro upgrade includes contact listings for more than 80,000 individuals and 30,000 companies in the entertainment industry, headshot and resume posting options, film production tracking features, iPad and iPhone access, STARmeter ratings and more.

Who would you recommend the application to?

IMDb is any film enthusiasts dream. There is a wealth of knowledge and areas reserved for user opinions and discussions. Even if the user is only a casual movie-goer, they can gain insight through movie ratings or discover local show times on IMDb.

  • Post discussions and responses on film pages
  • Read about films including trivia, synopsis and more
  • Learn about professionals in the film industry through their personal profiles
  • Watch movie trailers and other video clips
  • Discover articles on current events, updates and individuals in the entertainment industry

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