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Gonna take the whole "Don't scab on prime day" moment to promote one of my favourite alternatives to an amazon product.

The Movie Database is a free community-run alternative to IMDB, unlike amazon's shitty website, TMDB isn't full to bursting with ads, trackers and sluggish JavaScript, and provides an excellent platform for folk to catalogue information about their favorite films without being marketed to.

Please support it, not just on prime day, but any time you need info on a film. Keep information free.

themoviedb.org/

@GreenandBlack oh wow, thanks for this, i always hated imdb but didnt realize there was an alternative

@GreenandBlack appantly the api's a bunch easier if you want somewhere to pull movie data from too, according to the letterboxd people

@rjt @GreenandBlack
The media software Kodi uses it to get film release years, synopses, and cover art. I've added a few kid's films and old exercise videos.

@GreenandBlack Thanks, I didn't know it had been bought by Amazon, switching now.

@GreenandBlack On the site 30 seconds and I'm sold. I never rated a thing on IMDB, but it feels right to do so on here.

For anyone that's wondering, it IS a corporate-owned site. It's owned by TV listings provider Rovi.

themoviedb.org/talk/58c2e078c3

But almost anything serving up this much data to that many people is going to be. And the lack of ads is just a breath of fresh air.

@Magess @GreenandBlack that “TV listings provider” is really better known for DRM/copy protection, at least historically

@GreenandBlack they don't have the tmdb dot org url do they? i tried to go to this site from memory and that's what i first (mistakenly?) thought

@GreenandBlack while we're here, I don't know if it's a sister site or just similar name, but I do love me thetvdb.com/

@GreenandBlack
Huh, I never realised IMDB was owned by Amazon, thanks for the heads up

@GreenandBlack I didn’t even know it was an Amazon property. Thanks for the heads up

@GreenandBlack thanks! I used to use it when using #Kodi and really liked it, but never thought to actually switch away from IMDb (whose UX has gone much downhill over the years, apart from all the other Amazon issues).

#TMDB still seems proprietary though (glancing at the terms of use, it's free only for personal use), I wonder if there's a Wikipedia like alternative where the data is under some open data license?

@michel_slm oh aye, it's still proprietary which ain't great (I might make a forum post at some point to suggest they make it FOSS), but unlike IMDB it doesn't lock some of its services behind a paywall

There is an Open Source Database, but it's not as accessible as either TMDB or IMDB omdbapi.com/

@GreenandBlack this service is also used by kodi to identify movies. Great thing.

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