As you already know, TheTVDB is a community-driven database of TV and movie metadata. All of the information we collect is available through our API, which developers access from their program, app, website, or service. With tens of millions of people accessing our API every month, it's quite expensive to run. To recover the cost, we sometimes negotiate licensing with commercial clients. Some prefer that we work directly with the end users (that's you!) to fund the project.
When you subscribe, you'll be given a PIN that you can use in your home media software or app. This PIN is used for access restriction only. We never log individual users!
Just go to the subscription section of your dashboard, click "Cancel Subscription", and confirm.
We know, and we discussed a lot of considerations before deciding to make it a subscription service. By charging a reasonable fee, we're far more able to put resources toward running the site. We're expanding our development, devops, editorial, and moderator teams and relying on company resources to help improve usability and resolve some long-standing issues. We hope you'll agree that the rate is reasonable, and that allowing free access for data contributors (coming soon!) prevents us from being a burden on any of our users.
Please consider filling out missing information on the site to receive a free subscription. (coming soon)
Please let us know. We're striving to improve everything about the site, and the only way we can do that is through feedback from our users.
We completely understand that some people are unable to pay. Whatever the reason, we're offering a free subscription to any user that helps contribute good data to the site. We have safeguards in place to help ensure the data quality is good, which means that your free subscription might be slightly delayed. This is in the best interest of all of our users as we seek to be the most accurate source of TV and movie information around.