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CuriosityStream streaming review

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Find exclusive nonfiction documentaries and series on science, history and lifestyle.

Dive deep into fascinating real-life subjects with documentaries and addictive series. The founders of Discovery Channel created CuriosityStream to offer thousands of nonfiction shows to stream on almost any topic.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing starts at$2.99
Lock-in contractNo

CuriosityStream pros and cons

Pros

  • Library includes thousands of titles
  • Even the lowest tier subscriptions is without commercials
  • Open to subscribers worldwide
  • Month-to-month subscription — cancel anytime
  • 7-day free trial

Cons

  • Some titles not available outside the US
  • Limited to nonfiction content
  • Lacks big-budget documentary projects

What features does CuriosityStream offer?

CurisotyStream is a niche streaming service that brings documentaries and real-life content to life. It offers thousands of documentaries in science, technology, the arts, civilization, and more. Other features include:

4K streaming

Be captivated with 4K streaming that brings history and science to life. This features is available with the Premium plan.

Extensive library

Much of the content on CuriosityStream is original, researched, produced and supported by big-names like Glenn Close, Don Henley and Vint Cerf.

Education and corporate subscriptions

CurisosityStream aims to partner with schools and corporations to enrich curriculum and interest that brings employees together.

What devices is CurosityStream compatible with?

Enjoy streaming CurosityStream on the following devices:

Smart TV devices

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV 3rd generation and earlier via Air Play
  • Apple TV 4th generation HD and 4K Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV version 5.0 and up
  • Roku TV

Mobile Devices

  • Android device 4.1 and up
  • Apple iPhones, iPods, and iPads iOS 11 and up

Other Devices

  • Any laptop, desktop, PC or Mac
  • Amazon Kindle 2012 or later
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Roku 2 to 4 and Roku Streaming Stick version 8.1 and up
  • Chromecast
  • Xbox One

How much does CuriosityStream cost?

The two monthly tier plans:

  • Standard: $2.99 a month. Streaming in High Definition.
  • Premium: $9.99/mo. Streaming in 4K/Ultra High Definition.

Annual plans:

  • Standard: $19.99 annually
  • Premium: $69.99 annually

All plans offer 7 days free. But, not all content on CuriosityStream offers high-definition streaming, and the availability of high-definition video depends on your internet speed.

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What can I watch with CuriosityStream?

Access thousands of titles on CuriosityStream. Some documentaries include:

Science

  • Yellowstone Battle For Life
  • Destination: Moon
  • Wild Galapagos
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Rise of the Continents

Technology

  • How to Build a Castle
  • Bing World In a Small Garden
  • Pompeii
  • Silent Wart: Battle Beneath the Sea
  • Hubbler’s Imager

History

  • American Icons
  • Frank LLoyd Wright: The Man Who Built America
  • Ice Age Giants
  • American’s Declaration
  • King Tut’s Tomb

Nature

  • Amazing Dinoworld
  • Big Cats
  • Wonder’s life
  • Nature’s Mathematics
  • Rock the Park

How much data does CuriosityStream use?

The minimum speed to stream on CuriosityStream is 0.5 Mbps, but the recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps. Keep in mind that you may not receive the best quality video with these speeds.

For Standard Definition videos, it is recommended your internet speed be at least 3 Mbps. For High Definition, aim for 5 Mbps. And for Ultra HD or 4K quality, you’ll want at least 25 Mbps.

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23 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Jed
    January 26, 2020

    How many devices can use one account (how may simultaneous screens)?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jhez
      January 27, 2020

      Hi Jed,

      Thank you for asking. CuriosityStream is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, Web Browsers, Google Chromecast, and Xbox. You can watch on Unlimited Devices at the same time. There’s no restriction on concurrent devices. All members of your family can stream (simultaneously) different shows at the same time. Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    LMH1800
    June 17, 2019

    I have had CS for about 6 months and so far it is lousy. The 4k UHD constantly freezes up. Have called numerous times and thay say it is a known problem and they are working on it. Have all new equipment – Samsung Q9f – All new UHD cable – Sony STR DN1080 AV – New Comcast HD 4k box and download speeds of 50+. Fed up and ready to pull their plug. Have you heard of any solutions?

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      nikkiangco
      June 18, 2019

      Hi LMH1800,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      I’m bummed to hear you are experiencing this. While I understand you want a solution instantly, Finder won’t be able to give you an update about the technical difficulties you’re facing. It would be best to contact Curiosity Stream directly.

      Hope this clarifies!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    CuriosityStream
    April 23, 2019

    Can CuriosityStream be shared (more than one device signed on simultaneously?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      johnbasanes
      April 24, 2019

      Hi CuriosityStream ,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      Though you are able to login through multiple devices, you could only stream using one device at a time. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    Marion
    March 31, 2019

    What is the difference between standard and premium

    • Default Gravatar
      Ellie
      April 1, 2019

      Hi Marion,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      According to CuriosityStream’s customer support, the difference is the resolution. The Standard is in HD, and the Premium is shown in 4k. I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Kind regards,
      Ellie

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    Eddie
    February 18, 2019

    I had Curiosity Stream on Amazon streaming video for a few months. Now I have it on Xfinity. On both services, it’s difficult to find titles and it appears all of the Curiosity Stream content is not available. How can I stream directly from Curiosity Stream on my television opposed to small devices? Thank you.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Joshua
      February 19, 2019

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you are having, Eddie. Upon checking, you can only watch CuriosityStream on your TV by using external streaming devices. However, if you have Android or Apple TV, then you can directly watch CuriosityStream without any external streaming devices.

      Perhaps, the problem you are encountering can be solved by getting in touch with CuriosityStream’s customer support. Get in touch with them and see how you can solve the problem.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    Kevin
    February 6, 2019

    I have curiosity stream on xfinity. When I downloaded app on smart TV it asks for user name and password. I entered both for myxfinity account and received an error message saying info entered was incorrect. Is it possible to use the app if you pay for the service through xfinity?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jeni
      February 10, 2019

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes, you need to have Xfinity services to use the Xfinity Stream app. Please note that prices and plans vary by location. If you are getting error on accessing your account please contact Xfinity support directly. You may chat with their online representative on this matter as well. Please make sure that your details are handy.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    Gerald
    December 8, 2018

    I thought I was subscribed to CuriosityStream but never got a conformation from them.

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      Ash
      December 12, 2018

      Hi Gerald,

      Thank you for contacting finder.

      Once you sign-up for an account and start your Free Trial for 7 days, you may instantly start streaming documentaries through CuriosityStream’s website. After the 7 days Free Trial, if you wish to continue to regular subscription, you may do so by doing nothing on your account.

      Remember that you may cancel anytime either through online or by calling their contact number at their website.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again to us if you have additional questions that you may need assistance with.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    Frank
    November 26, 2018

    I have CuriosityStream with Xfinity. How do I watch on my I phone

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      nikkiangco
      November 28, 2018

      Hi Frank,

      Thanks for getting in touch! You can download the CuriosityStream app on your phone to watch your favorite documentaries on the go! To download the app, visit the CuriosityStream website to know how to download the app on your phone. I hope this helps and let us know if you have questions!

      Cheers,
      Nikki

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    Martha
    November 25, 2018

    Can I give this as a gift?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Joshua
      November 25, 2018

      Hi Martha,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, you can give this as a gift. What you can do is create an account, choose a plan, and pay for the membership. From there, you can simply give your login information to your receiver. If you are not comfortable with giving your logins, you can simply ask your receiver to create an account and give them money to pay for the membership.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    Cherie
    November 18, 2018

    Can a gift card be purchased without designating a name? I would like to include it in a gift card game we have over the holidays.

    Is there any difference in the access to the programs between Standard and Premium? Do you have limited viewing with Standard?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Charisse
      November 30, 2018

      Hi Cherie,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      Yes, a name has to be entered into the required fields if you want it emailed to the receiver however, you could also put the name of the name of the game instead and send it to your email. You can then print out the gift code email and put it in an envelope or box. The person who gets the gift code can set up their own account with the code and that name won’t be on their account when created.

      All of the contents are available on both plans. The only difference is the streaming resolution. Standard has HD resolution while Premium has Uktra HD and 4K resolutions.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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