Curiosity Stream Review

9

Great

Price 9 out of 10

Interface 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 8 out of 10

CuriosityStream is a streaming service which focuses on documentaries – hence the name, which implies it is a stream for curious minds. You can choose from a vast library of on-demand content, paying a subscription in order to access the material. It’s known as a niche streaming service, as it only focuses on one genre. You can access the material in many ways, such as on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Kindle, Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast (from browser or Android, as there is not currently support for iOS). It’s possible to sign up for CuriosityStream directly through their website. Alternatively, you can purchase the service as an add on subscription within Amazon Prime. This means that you can view the available content whenever you are logged into Amazon Prime Video. 

Documentaries available on CuriosityStream

To view the content on CuriosityStream, you can browse according to four categories. These are civilisation, human spirit, technology and science. Upon clicking one of these, there are eight further sub categories to navigate. This means it’s easy to find exactly the kind of documentary you want, and you can also use the search bar to find content you’re curious about. The home pages have rows of titles categorised according to Trending, Recently Added and more. If you’re on a mobile app, you can tap Explore to filter by types of content such as lectures or performances. Furthermore, you can find out more about the experts who help in the creation of documentaries, such as the filmmakers.

Here are some of the top titles available:

Speed

This four hour documentary examines the history of human transportation and takes a look at how inventors overcame the odds to create new ways of travelling. Hosted by Sean Riley, this show explores various continents, the skies, the ocean and space to demonstrate how humans have managed to create ways to travel for pleasure, work, exploration and survival.

The Body

This is a three part series where scientists go inside the body to explore the invisible networks that connect every organ. The discoveries go against older beliefs which state that the brain is the center of activity, controlling the other organs by sending out commands between them. This journey looks at the latest research in the field from world leading experts.

Wild Chile

Safari guide Rene Araneda and oceanographer Susannah Buchan take viewers on a journey through Chile, where they search for traces of the most unbelievable animals. The two part series allows watchers to see some of the most awe-inspiring locations in this destination, while the two hosts search for animals such as the elusive puma and the blue whale.

Out of the Cradle

Those interested in the story of human evolution will want to watch this documentary. It challenges the popular belief that humans followed a single path from chimps to mankind. Instead, the species we descended from were far from the strongest, and were actually pretty weak. This show explores how evolution saw some amazing comebacks.

Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places

Stephen Hawking is the star of the show as he narrates this series, which involves him piloting a CGI spaceship called the SS Hawking across the Universe. He pauses at his favorite places and talks about how each one has a particular scientific significance. For example, episode 1 sees Hawking take viewers to the Big Bang, Saturn and Santa Barbara, California.

The Rise and Fall of T-Rex

This is a show designed for dinosaur fans, or those who are curious about the prehistoric world in general. Many will know that the T-Rex, also known as the tyrant lizard king, ruled the earth 65 million years ago. The creature is seen as the ultimate predator in popular culture today and is the stereotypical image of a dinosaur. This documentary explores the mystery of the animal’s sudden death.

Man’s First Friend

Many people describe dogs as man’s best friend, but they are also known as man’s oldest friend. In history, they have a place by our sides protecting us from enemies, guiding us through extreme conditions and rescuing us from perilous situations. This documentary looks at how dogs came about and their journey through time to their role now, relieving loneliness and helping with old age.

Enigma Man: A Stone Age Mystery

Those who are interested in the prehistoric history of mankind will want to watch Enigma Man. The show sees a team of Chinese and Australian scientists discover ancient human remains in a cave in South West China. Their confusion stems from the fact that the bones are unlike any living or ancient human known to science, yet they were alive at the same time as humans matching our own genetic DNA. 

Hubble’s Imager

Those fascinated with space will enjoy watching this documentary about the Hubble Space Telescope. It takes a look at how scientists put together the photos taken by this technology, in order to gain the amazing pictures. It also shows viewers the production that goes into creating the final images from Hubble. 

Deep Time History

This three part series is hosted by Jonathan Markley, an associate professor at California State University. He looks at the answers behind why civilisation as we know it is in existence today, exposing information which is sometimes unexpected. He looks at how deep time has been part of key events in human history and how physics, geology, biology and chemistry have influenced world history.

How to sign up for CuriosityStream

  1. Navigate to the CuriosityStream website.
  2. Choose whether you would prefer annual billing or monthly billing.
  3. Decide on the plan which is right for you – standard or premium. 
  4. Enter your email address and choose a password.
  5. Check the box to confirm acceptance of the terms of use, cross-border transfer of personal information and communications from CuriosityStream.
  6. Enter your payment details, which will not be charged until after the trial period is over.

How to cancel CuriosityStream

Depending on the method in which you signed up for CuriosityStream, the cancellation process will be different. For example, if you signed up for the service through Amazon Prime TV, you will need to cancel it in your Amazon account. If you signed up directly, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the CuriosityStream website.
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Go to the Your Account page.
  4. Click on Cancel.
  5. Confirm the prompts which show up.

Price, trials and subscription options

There are three pricing options available with CuriosityStream. You can opt for standard definition, HD or 4K Ultra HD. The pricing brackets are $2.99, $5.99 and $11.99 respectively, and many people opt for the HD package due to the fact it’s around the same as other genre-focused services and much less than general packages like Netflix. 

You can pay for a subscription either annually or monthly. While the monthly service is much cheaper than the main streaming platform competitors, you can enjoy a big discount with an annual plan. There is also a seven day free trial in place, which means you can try the service before you buy. 

Competitors

There are many competitors in the streaming service industry. These include Netflix, Hulu, Hayu, Crackle, ESPN Plus, Kodi, Philo and Plex. However, the good thing about CuriosityStream is that it offers a range of interesting documentaries at a price which is much lower than that seen with all in one services. If you prefer watching factual television, this is the service for you.

Summary

There are many competitive features on offer with CuriosityStream. A good range of content, low pricing and various bundle options make it appeal to lots of people. There are some original programmes in place, and while it still has some catching up to do if it wants to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, it’s still a good niche contender for those who only want to watch a specific kind of content.

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