CuriosityStream Review - Streaming Service

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Everything You Need to Know About CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream is a subscription streaming service that offers 1,800+ documentaries and series on science, space, technology, nature, history, health, and more. The service was created by the Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks in 2015.

The streaming service includes both original and acquired content including those featuring Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Peter Diamandis, and Richard Hammond.

The content is similar to the type of shows you may find on Discovery, The History Channel, Animal Planet, and The Science Channel.

CuriosityStream offers a two tiers: Standard for $2.99 per month ($20 per year) for HD streaming or Premium for $9.99 per month ($70 per year) for 4K streaming of 80+ shows. A small number of their episodes are available for free and presented by their sponsors.

Review

CuriosityStream is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Android TV; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.


Features

Original Content

CuriosityStream has a wide variety of original documentaries and shows including the Emmy Award Winning — Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.

Other Series Include:

  • David Attenborough’s Light on Earth
  • Destination Mars
  • Destination Pluto
  • The Road to Singularity
  • Transhumanism
  • Digits (featuring Edward Snowden)

Acquired Shows

For U.S. subscribers, CuriosityStream has acquired a number of BBC productions including The Secret Life of Dogs, The Hawking Paradox, and Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life with Richard Dawkins.

Other Series Include:

  • Genius by Stephen Hawking
  • Wild Weather with Richard Hammond
  • The Nano Revolution
  • Crusades, Viking, and the World of Stonehenge

No Ads

CuriosityStream recently lowered the price of their streaming service and added a single ad acknowledging their sponsors ahead of a streaming session.

However, there will be no ads during or after you starting viewing a series or documentary to disrupt your viewing experience.

Parental Controls

As a subscriber, you can enable Kids Mode which will filter content inappropriate for young children. The settings will sync across all of your devices.

Kids Mode will filter explicit content, disturbing imagery, and explicit sexual content both in nature and in human interaction.

You will have to disable Kids Mode to start seeing all titles available on the service.


Tech Specs

  • Content can be streamed in both HD & 4K in Stereo Audio
  • Watch on Unlimited Devices at the same time
  • Supports a wide variety of streaming devices

HD & 4K Video

Those on the standard plan have access to HD streaming, while those on the premium plan can stream up to 4K.

As long as your broadband is fast enough, games will broadcast in crisp 1080p / 60 fps.

CuriosityStream recommends having at least a 5 Mbps internet connection for HD content (1080p) and at least 25 Mbps for 4K content.

To reduce playback interruptions, CuriosityStream will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

4K streaming requires a 4K-Capable Television, as well as a 4K compatible streaming media player like Fire TV, Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV 4K, and Roku Premiere+.

Simultaneous Devices

There is no restriction on concurrent devices. All members of your immediate family can stream different shows at the same time.

Device Compatibility

CuriosityStream is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, Web Browser, and Xbox One.

CuriosityStream is not compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch.


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