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Type of site
Video on demand
Available inEnglish
FoundedMarch 18, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-03-18)
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland,
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerCuriosityStream, LLC
Founder(s)John S. Hendricks, Founder of the Discovery Channel
Key people
  • Clint Stinchcomb (President & CEO)
  • Tia Cudahy (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Steve Burns (Chief Programming Officer)
  • Peter North (Chief Digital Advisor)
  • Andre Silva (Chief Technical Officer)
  • Colleen Slear (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Adeline Cassin (Chief Marketing Officer)
  • Elizabeth Hendricks North (President, Curiosity Studios)
  • Carrie Hurlburt (Chief Creative Officer)
RegistrationLimited free titles available to watch with no registration. Subscription to required to access entire library.
LaunchedMarch 18, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-03-18)
Current statusActive

CuriosityStream is a global nonfiction subscription video-on-demand streaming 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 1,800 original and licensed titles and about 600 hours of nonfiction media worldwide.

On December 8, 2015, Amazon Prime began offering CuriosityStream as part of its 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] On November 1, 2017, it was announced that CuriosityStream would partner with VRV, an aggregate provider of streaming content, to allow access to CuriosityStream's content through their service.[4] On November 8, 2017, Comcast began offering the service, in CuriosityStream's first MVPD distribution deal.[5] On December 7, 2017, Sling TV began offering the service as an add-on option to their customers.[6] On June 26, 2018, CuriosityStream formalized its first international distribution deal with Starhub, expanding its reach dramatically.[7] On July 11, 2018, CuriosityStream began being offered as an add-on channel on YouTube TV.[8]


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.[9] 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:

Devices and access[edit]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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,[12] Wall Street Journal,[13] New York Times,[14] Los Angeles Times,[15]Variety ("The New OTT View-niverse"),[16][17] StreamDaily,[18] Inverse ("CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact"),[19] Mashable ("CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction")[20] Science News,[21] and MultiChannel News.[22]


  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. ^ "VRV to Add CuriosityStream to SVOD Mix, Launch Offline Viewing | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  5. ^ "Comcast Adds CuriosityStream to SVOD Lineup". Multichannel.
  6. ^ Bourna, Luke. "Sling TV Launches Standalone Premium On-Demand Channels". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ "CuriosityStream Strikes First Deal with International Distributor". Cablefax. 26 June 2018.
  8. ^ "CuriosityStream Joins YouTube TV's Lineup". Cablefax. 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Discovery Channel founder launches video streaming service". Tech 2. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  10. ^ "What are the benefits of a CuriosityStrean annual plan?".
  11. ^ "Meet Our Advisory Board" (PDF). CuriosityStream. CuriosityStream, LLC. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  12. ^ Iyengar, Rishi. "Now There's a Netflix for Science Fans".
  13. ^ Hagey, Keach. "Discovery Channel Founder Jumps Into Streaming". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal.
  14. ^ Steel, Emily. "Sony's PlayStation Vue Is Introduced in 3 Cities". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  15. ^ Dave, Paresh. "With CuriosityStream, Discovery Channel founder seeks online success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  16. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew. "The OTT View-niverse: A Map of the New Video Ecosystem". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  17. ^ Spangler, Todd. "John Hendricks, Founder of Discovery Channel, Launches Internet Subscription VOD Service". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  18. ^ Longwell, Todd. "CuriosityStream Tweaks Pricing Plan For Launch". StreamDaily. StreamDaily. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  19. ^ Kelly, Bryan. "CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact". Inverse Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  20. ^ Abruzzese, Jason. "CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction". Mashable. Mashable. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  21. ^ Conover, Emily. "CuriosityStream Satisfies A Science-Hungry Audience".
  22. ^ Baumgartner, Jeff. "CuriosityStream Goes Online". MultiChannel News. MultiChannel News. Retrieved 17 June 2015.

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