Type of site
Video on demand
Available in English
Founded March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Area served Worldwide
Owner CuriosityStream, LLC
Founder(s) John S. Hendricks, Founder of the Discovery Channel
Key people Elizabeth Hendricks North (President & CEO); Steve Burns (Chief Programming Officer); Peter North (Chief Digital Officer)
Registration Subscription to required to access nonfiction content
Launched March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
Current status Active

CuriosityStream is a global ad-free subscription video on demand service. It exclusively delivers nonfiction documentaries and series about science, technology, history and nature.[1] Launched on March 18, 2015, CuriosityStream is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. CuriosityStream offers its users over 1,500 original and licensed titles and about 600 hours of nonfiction media.

As of December 8, 2015, Amazon Prime is offering CuriosityStream as part of its new 'add-on' subscription service.[2] Amazon-CuriosityStream is a separate subscription from CuriosityStream's main SVOD plan in that it will only permit access via Amazon Prime's platforms and is only available to Amazon Prime members.[3]


The founder of the Discovery Channel, John S. Hendricks, launched CuriosityStream on March 18, 2015 as an ad-free subscription video on demand service exclusively delivering nonfiction documentaries.[4] The company launched its services internationally on September 29, 2015.


CuriosityStream's content library is divided into four main areas: Science, Technology, Civilization, and Human Spirit. The sub-categories of these four pillars are divided as follows.

Original Content

CuriosityStream has produced a number of original documentaries and series, such as:

Acquired Content

The service has acquired and licensed nonfiction films from various worldwide producers, such as BBC, NHK, ZED, ZDF, ORF and TVF. The site provides access to available acquired programs such as:

U.S. subscribers have access to BBC productions available such as:

Devices & Access

Current Supported Platforms

Future Supported Platforms


The ad-free streaming service costs $2.99, $5.99 and $11.99 per month for standard definition, high definition, and ultra high definition 4K respectively. There are discounts for paying annually.

Advisory Board

CuriosityStream is advised by a number of individuals with backgrounds in science, education and the arts. The service employs people to be members of the Advisory Board such as:

CuriosityStream Advisory Board members have offered supportive statements toward the overall initiative.[5]

Media Coverage

CuriosityStream has been featured in coverage of the digital streaming revolution by Time Magazine,[6] Wall Street Journal,[7] New York Times,[8] Los Angeles Times,[9]Variety ("The New OTT View-niverse"),[10][11] StreamDaily,[12] Inverse ("CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact"),[13] Mashable ("CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction")[14] and MultiChannel News.[15]


  1. Friedman, Wayne. "Discovery Channel Founder To Launch Ad-Free SVOD Service". Media Post. Media Daily News. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. Baumgartner, Jeff. "Amazon Sells Showtime, Starz Add-On Subscriptions". MultiChannel News. New Bay Media. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. "CuriosityStream Now Available On New Amazon Video Add-on Subscription Service". Digital Journal. Digital Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. "Discovery Channel founder launches video streaming service". Tech 2. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. "Meet Our Advisory Board" (PDF). CuriosityStream. CuriosityStream, LLC. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. Iyengar, Rishi. "Now There's a Netflix for Science Fans".
  7. Hagey, Keach. "Discovery Channel Founder Jumps Into Streaming". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal.
  8. Steel, Emily. "Sony's PlayStation Vue Is Introduced in 3 Cities". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  9. Dave, Paresh. "With CuriosityStream, Discovery Channel founder seeks online success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  10. Wallenstein, Andrew. "The OTT View-niverse: A Map of the New Video Ecosystem". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. Spangler, Todd. "John Hendricks, Founder of Discovery Channel, Launches Internet Subscription VOD Service". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  12. Longwell, Todd. "CuriosityStream Tweaks Pricing Plan For Launch". StreamDaily. StreamDaily. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  13. Kelly, Bryan. "CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact". Inverse Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  14. Abruzzese, Jason. "CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction". Mashable. Mashable. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  15. Baumgartner, Jeff. "CuriosityStream Goes Online". MultiChannel News. MultiChannel News. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
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