I am looking for a movie and tv show database with a good developer friendly api which can be used for commercial purposes (Android app).

http://www.themoviedb.org/ looked like a good options but apparently they are not allowing more commercial apps.

Right now I am leaning towards http://www.omdbapi.com/ but before I start writing all my code for it I wanted to make sure there weren't other better options. My main requirement is that they give me a url for a poster for said tv show or movie.

  • It is unbelievable that using OMDb API I do not violate intellectual property, don't you think? Rotten tomatoes and IMDB too has a very long Terms of Service when / how to store / use posters etc.
    – János
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:54

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A question like this was asked on Stack Overflow a few years ago.

Besides TheMovieDB (which was the accepted answer), and OMDB, which you've found, people suggested the Rotten Tomatoes API, which appears to have posters, but which also looks like it's integrated into OMDB...

  • Thank you, I'll take a look at rotten tomatoes. I was really hoping to find something like thetvdb.com with great posters and banners but also with movie data.
    – casolorz
    May 26, 2014 at 20:10
  • apparently rotten tomatoes does not have TV shows API only API for Movies
    – János
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:27

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