Discovery Channel Founder John Hendricks Launches CuriosityStream SVOD Service

/ Mar 18, 2015

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CuriosityStream, a new subscription video streaming service from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, is now live.

Focusing on factual and non-fiction content, the ad-free service is initially available in the US, with a global rollout planned over the next five years. It’s available at three different price points, all based on streaming quality: $2.99 per month for standard resolution; $5.99 per month for HD resolution; and soon a 4K option, for which pricing has not yet been set. A free one-month trial comes with the service.

At launch, CuriosityStream offers “hundreds” of hours of programming, including original series, specials, and documentaries from producers such as the BBC, NHK, ZED, Terra Noa, and Flame Distribution. The service also offers exclusive segments and interviews with more than 70 world experts across a range of subjects, from evolution to rock stars. Twenty-five interviews will be added every month going forward, said Curiosity Project, the venture behind the streaming service.

While much of what’s available on the service is long-form, short-form content (generally running for eight minutes or less) will also be a “significant” part of the CuriosityStream library.

Heading up programming for CuriosityStream is Emmy-winning documentary producer Steve Burns. He comes from National Geographic Channels, where he served as EVP of global content.

Former ABC News producer Richard Sergay is on board as host of “Curiosity Studios,” and a senior consultant for the service’s partnerships and acquisitions.

Here’s a selection of programming available at launch:

“Destination Pluto”

This original 8-part series follows the last 8 months of a decade-long timeline from launch of the space probe in 2006 to up-to-the-minute coverage as the New Horizons science team deploys a series of high-tech cameras and instruments for its close encounter mission to Pluto in July 2015.  

“Chopra Love in Action”

This 20-part series features best-selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra as he interviews thought leaders, celebrities, and scientists about key topics related to the human spirit and the science of consciousness and well being. Guests include Goldie Hawn, 50 Cent and Adrian Grenier.

“Cosmic Front”

This 15-part series tells the stories of the greatest astronomers, planetary scientists and cosmologists who have ingeniously discovered the secrets of the cosmos. Through scientific rigor (and sometimes dumb luck), they have unlocked the mysteries of dark matter and super-massive black holes. From the first stars in the universe and Hubble’s stunning images of star nurseries to the design of the Apollo lunar rover and the Curiosity rover trekking across Mars today, this is the story behind how we know what we know about our universe.

“Annihilation: Destruction of Europe’s Jews”

This new, 8-part documentary series surveys the catastrophic results of attempts to eradicate the Jewish population in Europe during the 20th century. On the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this series asks a simple question about the Holocaust or Shoah: how could this happen? With hundreds of hours of new interviews, almost 400 hours of rarely seen archival footage and 6,000 still photographs from 30 countries, this landmark series features experts whose answers to the question are profound and insightful.

“Earth: Power of the Planet”

This landmark series tells the life story of our planet, how it works, and what makes it so special. Examining the great forces that shape the Earth – volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice – the program explores their central roles in our planet’s story. How do these forces affect the Earth’s landscape, its climate, and its history? Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet, while time-lapse imagery brings the planet to life.

“Norman Seeff’s Sessions”

This 60-part series features intimate interviews filmed during photographic sessions with famous recording artists, movie directors, writers and scientists. Celebrities include, Alicia Keyes, Bootsie and Catfish, Dr. John, Martin Scorsese, Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, Norman Mailer, Steve Squyers, Tina Turner, Merle Haggard, Herbie Hancock and Adam Deitch, to name a few. Renowned photographer, Norman Seeff, has photographed them all and captured the essence of the creative spirit in these free-flowing conversations

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