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Type of site
Video on demand
Available inEnglish
FoundedMarch 18, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-03-18)
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland,
United States
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerCuriosityStream, LLC
Founder(s)John S. Hendricks
Key people
  • Clint Stinchcomb (President & CEO)
  • Tia Cudahy (COO)
  • Steve Burns (Chief Programming Officer)
  • Andre Silva (CTO)
  • Colleen Slear (CFO)
  • Adeline Cassin (CMO)
  • Carrie Hurlburt (CCO)
RegistrationLimited free titles available to watch with no registration. Subscription to required to access entire library.
Current statusActive

CuriosityStream is an American nonfiction subscription video-on-demand streaming service. It exclusively delivers nonfiction documentaries and series about science, nature, history, technology, society and lifestyle.[1]

Launched on March 18, 2015, CuriosityStream is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. CuriosityStream offers its users over 2,500 original and licensed titles and about 1000 hours of nonfiction media worldwide.


The founder of the Discovery Channel, John S. Hendricks, launched CuriosityStream on March 18, 2015 as a subscription video on demand service exclusively delivering nonfiction documentaries.[2] 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[edit]

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

Acquired content[edit]

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:

How to watch[edit]

CuriosityStream is accessible through multiple platforms:


The streaming service costs $2.99 per month for high-definition, and $9.99 per month for ultra high definition 4K. There are discounts for paying annually.[3]

Advisory board[edit]

CuriosityStream is advised by a number of individuals with backgrounds in science, education and the arts. CuriosityStream Advisory Board members include:

CuriosityStream Advisory Board members have offered supportive statements toward the overall initiative.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

News & Documentary Emmy Award

  • Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places - Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction (Winner, 2017)
  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Outstanding Nature Documentary (Nominee, 2017)
  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary (Nominee, 2017)

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Best Host/Presenter-Led Film (Winner, 2017)
  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Best Science in Nature Film (Nominee, 2017)
  • Big World in a Small Garden - Best Short Film (Nominee, 2017)

Webby Award

  • CuriosityStream - Best Science & Education Channel (Honoree, 2017)
  • Deep Time History - Best Documentary Series (Honoree, 2017)
  • Science Breakthroughs: Gravitational Waves - Science & Education for Film & Video (Nominee, 2017)
  • CuriosityStream - Best Science & Education Channel (Honoree, 2016)

British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

  • David Attenboroughs Light on Earth - Specialist Factual (Nominee, 2017)

Wildscreen Film Festival

  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Science Award (Winner, 2016)
  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Technical Innovation Award (Winner, 2016)
  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Presenter Award (nominee, 2016)

Science Media Awards

  • David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Grand Helix Award Winner, 2016 (BEST IN SHOW)
  • Jason Silva: Transhumanism - Best Short Form Documentary (Nominee, 2016)

Media coverage[edit]

CuriosityStream has been featured in coverage of the digital streaming revolution by Time Magazine,[5] Wall Street Journal,[6] New York Times,[7] Los Angeles Times,[8]Variety ("The New OTT View-niverse"),[9][10] StreamDaily,[11] Inverse ("CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact"),[12] Mashable ("CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction")[13] Science News,[14] and MultiChannel News.[15]


  1. ^ Tha, Soe Han (February 12, 2019). "John Hendricks' streaming service closes on gargantuan round". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Discovery Channel founder launches video streaming service". Tech 2. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ "What are the benefits of a CuriosityStrean annual plan?". Archived from the original on 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  4. ^ "Meet Our Advisory Board" (PDF). CuriosityStream. CuriosityStream, LLC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ Iyengar, Rishi. "Now There's a Netflix for Science Fans".
  6. ^ Hagey, Keach. "Discovery Channel Founder Jumps Into Streaming". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ Steel, Emily. "Sony's PlayStation Vue Is Introduced in 3 Cities". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ Dave, Paresh. "With CuriosityStream, Discovery Channel founder seeks online success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  9. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew. "The OTT View-niverse: A Map of the New Video Ecosystem". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd. "John Hendricks, Founder of Discovery Channel, Launches Internet Subscription VOD Service". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ Longwell, Todd. "CuriosityStream Tweaks Pricing Plan For Launch". StreamDaily. StreamDaily. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  12. ^ Kelly, Bryan. "CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact". Inverse Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  13. ^ Abruzzese, Jason. "CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction". Mashable. Mashable. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  14. ^ Conover, Emily. "CuriosityStream Satisfies A Science-Hungry Audience".
  15. ^ Baumgartner, Jeff. "CuriosityStream Goes Online". MultiChannel News. MultiChannel News. Retrieved 17 June 2015.

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