Amazon Denies Freevee Shutdown Rumors

Amazon Denies Freevee Shutdown Rumors

Published: February 22, 2024

In a move that quelled whispers and reassured users, Amazon officially denied rumors of shutting down its free ad-supported streaming service Freevee.

This announcement comes after the January 29 introduction of an ad-supported tier for Prime Video, sparking rumors about Freevee's fate.

Some users welcomed the Prime Video's cost-effective option, while many expressed dissatisfaction about ads intruding on their paid subscription.

This controversy fueled speculation about a potential overlap between the two services and Freevee's future, raising concerns about redundancy, with both platforms now featuring ads. 

However, Amazon has firmly dismissed these rumors in an email sent to news outlets Wednesday.

“There are no changes to Freevee,” the email read. “Amazon Freevee remains an important streaming offering providing both Prime and non-Prime customers thousands of hit movies, shows, and originals, all for free.”

Freevee claims to only air half of the volume of ads seen on linear TV. A recent X post of famous American author Stephen King complaining about the ads on Freevee has users rallying behind the free streaming platform.

Freevee, which was originally launched in 2019 as IMDb Freedive, offers popular TV shows and classics like “Mad Men,” “Alias,” “Fringe,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Notably, Freevee original reality-comedy series “Jury Duty” was nominated at last year’s Emmy and this year’s Golden Globes.

While the long-term role of Freevee within Amazon's broader streaming strategy remains to be seen, its immediate closure seems to be off the table.

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