CuriosityStream Review 2020: Is it Worth the Price?
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Changing weather patterns.
Melting ice caps.
Colonizing the moon.
There is so much going on in the world around us… and as big as it is, there are moments in time when it can feel so small.
Do you ever find yourself curious about why things are the way that they are?
Or how we got here?
Maybe you’re just interested in learning more about another part of the world… or a moment in time.
What really happened to the dinosaurs?
Can our planet really fix itself?
CuriosityStream delivers groundbreaking, entertaining and informative television programming… straight to your television, mobile device or computer.
And it costs less than a cup of convenience store coffee (per day) for an entire month’s worth of program, should you opt for the annual membership.
In fact, I watched Octopus Encounters with my (almost) 5 year-old son this morning… his pick. He was enthralled from start to finish, albeit it was only 12 minutes long.
Give him a break… he’s got a short attention span.
Still, there is something for everyone on CuriosityStream… and I’m here to tell you more about it.
In this CuriosityStream review, I will explore the following:
- What is CuriosityStream?
- How Much Does CuriosityStream Cost?
- How Do I Watch CuriosityStream on TV?
- How to Cancel CuriosityStream
- Would I Recommend CuriosityStream?
What You Will Learn
What is CuriosityStream?
From the founder of the Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream is the award-winning streaming destination where viewers can journey through our world and beyond with thousands of documentary features and series.
CuriosityStream is the world’s first streaming service dedicated to curating and delivering the best documentaries from around the globe… offering short and feature length programming, 100% free of advertisements.
It is available on demand, anytime and anywhere.
CuriosityStream is perfect for someone who loves learning in general. It is also ideal for educators and homeschoolers, as well as parents who want safe and informative programming for their kids.
CuriosityStream features its share of historical and scientific content, but also offers timely material as well, such as it’s latest piece on the Coronavirus Epidemic.
Program selections showcase experts from Stephen Hawking to Veritasium’s Derek Muller. And stunning visuals and unrivaled storytelling make it engaging.
Whether you want to explore Mars or travel back to ancient civilizations, CuriosityStream adds new binge-worthy films and series each week, empowering you to dive deep into your favorite subjects and explore new territory… designed to entertain, enlighten and inspire.
Program categories include:
CuriosityStream is accessible via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, desktop, tablet and iOS and Android phones. You can also view it via the XBox One video game console.
How Much Does CuriosityStream Cost?
As I mentioned earlier, CuriosityStream costs less than an inexpensive cup of coffee per day for a month’s worth of riveting, high quality programing.
The cost is just $19.99 per year, or $1.67 per month, for unlimited ad-free viewing. That breaks down to a mere $.05-cents per day.
I dare you to name one other thing you can buy for a nickel these days?
If you want to treat yourself to the 4K viewing plan, that costs just $69.99 per year, which equates to $5.83 per month… or $.19-cents per day.
Again, I ask, what can you buy for just $.19-cents today?
If you’re not quite sold on the idea, there are month-to-month subscriptions plans available for just $2.99… which is still a steal for the quality of programming, even at $.90-cents per day.
CuriosityStream offers a 7-day free trial via Amazon Prime channels.
But more on that later.
I actually sprung for the 4K package, mostly to test out our new Vizio 65-inch V-Series tv… as there isn’t much in the way of 4K programming available via the traditional streaming services just yet.
CuriosityStream makes it easy to browse which of its programs are available in ultra 4K, simply by scrolling the mouse over your selection or browsing via the television controller.
Pyramid Builders and Amazing Dinoworld, for instance, are two I am anxious to see.
Regardless of which plan you choose, all include:
There are a few ways to sign up for CuriosityStream:
- CuriosityStream.com – accepts credit card (visa, mastercard, discover, american express), Paypal or curiosityStream gift card. An email address is required.
- Amazon Prime Channels – offers 7-day free trial, then a subscription to Amazon Prime is required to view CuriosityStream programming. Amazon Prime subscriptions cost $12.99 per month after a 30-day free trial. Note, CuriosityStream is an add-on package and not included with your Amazon Prime base subscription.
- SlingTV – skinny bundle offers a CuriosityStream standalone package for $3.00 per month.
How Do I Watch CuriosityStream on TV?
The CuriosityStream channel is available on your television via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android televisions and Apple TV.
You can also add it to your Comcast/Xfinity cable package.
Simply load the channel, if you don’t already have it, and start streaming.
How to Cancel CuriosityStream
Canceling your CuriosityStream subscription is easy peasy via their website or mobile app. Simply go to your account page and click on “plan details”.
Once you elect to cancel the plan, it will ask you to select a reason for cancellation. It may also ask a follow up question… even so, the process takes no more than 60 seconds.
You will also retain access to all of CuriosityStream programming until your subscription period ends (be it monthly or annual).
If you elected to sign up via Amazon or SlingTV, you’ll need to log on to your account and cancel through them.
I honestly found it easier to subscribe and cancel via CuriosityStream.com… as the only real advantage to signing up via Amazon Prime channels is the 7-day free trial.
But unless you are committed to truly exploring all CuriosityStream has to offer in a week’s time, I’d recommend coughing up the $2.99 and giving it a real go for one month. Just be sure to cancel before the 30 days is up, should you choose to do so.
Would I Recommend CuriosityStream? Final Thoughts.
So, would I recommend CuriosityStream?
The answer is a resounding “heck yeah!”.
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. In fact, when my publisher asked me to review it… I was less than excited.
Not because I am anti documentary… but because I don’t have much time to myself as a mother of four. And when I do get precious time to myself, I like to “veg out”.
I’m not gonna lie.
I like to catch up on my guilty pleasure shows, like This is Us or A Million Little Things. Maybe try and binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix, or Counterpart on Amazon, with my husband.
My mind is constantly going during the day… trying to keep up with all of the after school activities, playdates, dinner plans, household stuff, errands, workouts, my writing.
Sometimes I’m kept awake at night with scheduling stuff… worries.
So that last thing I want is to watch a film about global extinction or a looming financial crisis.
But then I gave CuriosityStream a shot.
And I’m glad I did.
There was so much programming to choose from.
Things that I didn’t even know interested me… suddenly did.
Whether I had 20 minutes to watch, or more than an hour, CuriosityStream had something that fit my schedule.
CuriosityStream is better than any news program you could watch… because it’s based in fact, without bias.
The creative minds behind CuriosityStream have no agenda. They only want to educate viewers… which is what I want for myself, and my children.
I watched programs with my kids, both in regular HD and Ultra 4K… and I will admit the 4K experience was breathtaking on our mid-level Vizio big screen.
The pictures were incredibly crisp and colors extremely vivid. It brought a whole new level to the program.
My kids even commented that the dinosaurs looked real in Amazing Dinoworld.
Picture quality aside… the direction, narration and cinematography that goes into these programs is top notch.
The topics are vast.
There is truly something for everyone on CuriosityStream… even kids. Programs such as Penguin Central, Planet Parrot, Wild Dolphins and Ice Age Giants.
I never thought I’d hear my kids beg to watch program after program… especially at their age (5, 6, 8 and 9). And especially not a documentary.
It’s mind blowing… just like the quality of programming CuriosityStream offers.
Nicole Krause has been writing both personally and professionally for over 20 years. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Film Studies. Her work has appeared in some of the country’s top publications, major news outlets, online publications and blogs. As a happily married (and extremely busy) mother of four… her articles primarily focus on parenting, marriage, family, finance, organization and product reviews.