If you haven’t already heard of IMDb, the Intnernet Movie Database, it’s the Google of movie info search and the last of several movie info database sites left standing following a shakeout in that sector in the late 1990s and early 00s.

IMDb has more than 1.3 million movie titles indexed along with all the pertinent details on each, from the cast, crew and other credits to the fans’ favourite dialogue lines, continuity goofs and reviews.

But founder Col Needham says that’s not enough.

Talking to a crowd at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX, Needham announced that his gial for 2009 and beyond’, is to make available every title on IMDb available for streaming to any of the service’s 54 million monthly users at the click of a single button.

He admits that might be a tough vision to fulfill, since copies of some older films may no longer exist and many will probably not be made available by their owners for streaming.

IMDb already has some movie and TV titles available for streaming — including about 2,000 movies, 14,000 TV episodes and about 120,000 other assorted video clips — but that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to Needham’s vision, which he freely admits would be a massive undertaking.

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