If you’re old enough to remember the golden age of basic cable, you might take a look at the current programming slates of networks like TLC or The History Channel and sigh. Back in the old days, you used to be able to find genuinely entertaining and enlightening documentary content on these channels, programs that were fun and also educational to watch — as hard as such a thing might be to believe. Channels that used to specialize in this kind of documentary content have found bigger profit margins and wider audiences in decidedly non-educational reality TV, and some have even branched out into fiction shows as well. That’s all well and good, but some of us still want a little more intellectual substance from time to time, and for those times, there’s now a streaming service devoted to the kinds of documentaries you can’t find as easily on cable anymore: CuriosityStream. And right now, you can try CuriosityStream free for seven days.
CuriosityStream focuses exclusively on fact-based documentaries and series dealing with science, technology, nature, and history. And all things considered it comes pretty cheap — you can pay as little as $19.99 for a whole year of the service, or $2.99 a month. But you can also give it a 7-day try absolutely free.
If the name “Discovery Channel” fills you with nostalgia, then CuriosityStream has a pretty strong pedigree to get you on board. It was created by one John Hendricks, who also happens to be the guy who founded the Discovery Channel way back when. He launched the service in 2015, and it is now home to more than 2,400 titles, with more stuff being added every week.
Then there’s the CuriosityStream original content, which features such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, astronaut Chris Hadfield, YouTube star Derek Muller, and the late, great Stephen Hawking, whose Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places series on CuriosityStream won an Emmy in 2017.
Most of the programming on CuriosityStream has an emphasis on striking visuals as well as its value as an information source, so upgrading to the 4K streaming plan for $48.99 a year may be worth it if you’re a videophile with the necessary equipment to stream in ultra-HD. But if that’s too much of an investment, you can give it a try for absolutely nothing, and if you like it you can pay $19.99 for the basic HD plan instead.
Still not convinced? CuriosityStream can be accessed on pretty much any mobile device or smart TV, including Android and Apple smartphones, plus the usual lineup of streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV, Apple TV, and more. And unlike some other more traditional streaming services, it has no geographical restrictions whatsoever, so you can watch it anywhere on the planet (as long as they have the internet there).
If that all sounds good, you can check out CuriosityStream and sign up for your own free trial right here.
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