Today marks CuriosityStream’s first anniversary!
My father [Discovery Channel founder, John Hendricks] debuted the world’s first ad-free, nonfiction streaming service on March 18, 2015 and ever since, our small, hardworking team has been quite busy. We have licensed or personally produced over 1,300 programs (more than 500 hours of quality, nonfiction documentaries) and launched streaming apps across Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV as well as Android and iOS. In late September, the service went global, opening access to CuriosityStream in 196 countries worldwide. For inquiring minds, we’ve learned that Scandinavia and Australia have been our best international markets to date. A special shout-out to our Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Australian members!
In December, CuriosityStream’s partnership with Amazon distributed our documentaries via Amazon Prime’s SVOD service and our CuriosityStream Gift Cards proved to be popular holiday items and are available 365 days a year.
The early months of this year have seen us introduce a personalized recommendation engine (matching users to each other for smarter program suggestions), debut another 30 hours of outstanding documentaries and incorporate a discounted pricing structure. Now members may save 16% a year by switching to an Annual Plan; visit Your Account page to make this change to an existing subscription. Our Sign Up page also features this discounted payment option for 12 months of service.
I couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated team of talented producers, brilliant engineers and a host of other consummate professionals that continue to refine the world’s leading online, nonfiction destination.
With our direct membership model, CuriosityStream may exhibit quality, ad-free documentaries exclusively for lifelong learners. This leaves the service unencumbered by the interests of advertisers, a concern that sways programming away from the rich depth of scientific and intellectual inquiry. By remaining ad-free, CuriosityStream preserves a simplicity of purpose: deliver affordable content that enriches, enlightens, enchants and thereby empowers curious humans to better understand our world.
Thank you so much for your support in this first year. Stay tuned and stay curious!
Elizabeth Hendricks North is the President & CEO of CuriosityStream. Follow her on Twitter @ehendricksnorth.