CuriosityStream is an ad-free subscription video on demand service. It exclusively delivers nonfiction documentaries and series about science, technology, history and nature. Launched on March 18, 2015, CuriosityStream is currently headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. CuriosityStream offers its users about 1,000 original and licensed titles and about 500 hours of nonfiction media.


    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. 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.

    • Science: Biology, Earth, Genetics, Medicine, Mind, Nature, Physics, Space
    • Technology: Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Energy, Engineering, Nanotechnology, Privacy & Security, Social Web, Transportation
    • Civilization: Business, Conflict, Democracy, Economics, Entrepreneurship, History, Politics, Society
    • Human Spirit: Art, Character & Values, Creativity, Dramatic & Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Literature, Music, Philosophy

    Original Content

    CuriosityStream has produced a number of popular short-form documentaries and series through its entity Curiosity Studios, including:

    Acquired Content

    The service has also acquired and licensed nonfiction films from leading worldwide producers, including BBC, NHK, ZED[], ZDF, ORF and TVF. Available acquired programs include:

    BBC productions available to U.S. subscribers include:

    Devices & Access

    Current Supported Platforms

    Future Supported Platforms

    Advisory Board

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

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

    Media Coverage

    CuriosityStream has been featured in coverage of the digital streaming revolution by the Time Magazine,Wall Street Journal,New York Times,Los Angeles Times,Variety (magazine) ("The New OTT View-niverse"), StreamDaily, Inverse ("CuriosityStream, the Netflix for Documentaries, Bets on the Fact"),Mashable ("CuriosityStream: the new 'Netflix' for non-fiction") and MultiChannel News.

    Curiosity Retreats

    In addition to its streaming video service, CuriosityStream hosts Curiosity Retreats (, a 5-day event featuring various speakers, including scientists, authors, and other luminaries. These lifelong learning retreats are held annually at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Gateway, Colorado.