CuriosityStream packages, pricing & free trial information

If you’re always on the lookout for real-life content or have an inquisitive mind that needs satisfying, CuriosityStream is the streaming service for you. Founded in 2015 by the man behind the Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream is an on-demand platform. But it’s particularly unique as its catalog only features non-fiction titles, from ancient history documentaries to shows that explore the creatures of the deep. 

With two competitively priced packages on offer and a wealth of educational content, this streaming service is definitely one to consider. Read on for everything there is to know about its monthly and annual costs and free trial options. 

But before you do, here’s a brief breakdown of the service’s plans and pricing:

 HD4K
Monthly price$2.99$9.99
Annual price$19.99$69.99
Free trial lengthNoneNone
Number of titles2,500+2,500+
Number of simultaneous streamsUnlimitedUnlimited
Number of user profiles11

And if you want a detailed review of CuriosityStream, head here.

CuriosityStream packages and pricing

How much is CuriosityStream? The service offers two packages: a standard plan and a premium option. The regular package costs $2.99/mo. or $19.99/yr. and supports high-definition (HD) streaming. The upgraded CuriosityStream costs a bit more at $9.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. Why? Because it allows for 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) streaming. So if you have a 4K-compatible device, you may want to opt for the more expensive plan to enjoy a resolution that’s four times sharper than normal HD. (Note that not all content is available in 4K, and your streaming resolution will depend on your internet speed.)

The same video library is accessible to both HD and 4K subscribers. Users don’t have to sit through annoying commercials either as all titles are completely ad-free. So what kind of things can you watch using this insightful streaming service? Well, there are more than 2,500 non-fiction titles to browse. Discover Prehistoric Worlds, Secrets of the Solar System and Life on Earth, narrated by the world-renowned David Attenborough.

CuriosityStream doesn’t just feature award-winning documentaries from channels like the BBC; it also includes original series and biographies that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, there’s a special section for children who want to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom. And you can download up to 10 hours of content for offline viewing on mobile devices and have unlimited simultaneous streams, so you and your friends can save all-important money. Access the service via web browsers, Amazon Fire TV devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One and select smart TVs.

CuriosityStream comes with a few deals and savings. One way to save a little cash is to try the service for free by adding it onto an Amazon Prime Video subscription. (More on that later.) People with Optimum or Suddenlink internet by Altice can even use the service for free. There’s also a YouTube deal. CuriosityStream subscribers who sign up through a qualifying YouTube promotion get free access to video creator streaming service Nebula.

CuriosityStream add-ons

CuriosityStream doesn’t have any of its own add-ons. Once you’ve picked a plan, what you see is what you get. But you can bundle the service with another streaming platform for a more seamless viewing experience and additional content.

Amazon Prime Video subscribers can add CuriosityStream to their subscription for an extra $2.99/mo. Plus, Prime users can try CuriosityStream for free for a week. Live TV platform Sling TV charges $3/mo. to add the service, but doesn’t give the option of a free trial. However, it does offer a variety of popular cable networks from $30/mo. Finally, you can access CuriosityStream via Xfinity by Comcast. But you’ll pay more for the service: a total of $5.99/mo.

CuriosityStream pricing compared

CuriosityStream has its ups and downs when it comes to price. Its standard HD plan is pretty cheap compared to other on-demand streaming services. But its content library is much smaller and more limited in terms of genre than competitors’ catalogs. Netflix, for example, currently houses more than 13,000 titles spanning every genre you could ever think of. Its prices start at $8.99/mo. Disney+, on the other hand, is a more niche service like CuriosityStream, focusing on family-friendly entertainment for $6.99/mo. But, again, its library is more well-known and expansive, featuring over 7,500 episodes and hundreds of popular movies. 

When it comes to the 4K CuriosityStream plan, it’s hard to ignore the pricey $9.99/mo. fee. Most streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, don’t charge more to watch content in Ultra HD. (Netflix charges $15.99/mo.) CuriosityStream does, however, boast features that do come with higher fees elsewhere, such as unlimited simultaneous streams. CuriosityStream also has rivals that don’t charge a cent. Kanopy is a free educational service that partners with local libraries, but users are limited in the amount they can watch per month.

Here’s how CuriosityStream compares to the rest:

 CuriosityStreamAmazon Prime VideoDisney+HuluKanopyNetflix
Starting monthly price$2.99$8.99$6.99$5.99Free$8.99

Sign up for a CuriosityStream free trial

CuriosityStream no longer offers a free trial. But you can try it for free for a week by adding the service onto an Amazon Prime Video subscription. (If you’re new to Prime, you can also try that service for a much longer 30 days.) A week isn’t an extremely long time, but it’s long enough to browse the library and watch a few documentaries.

Sign up for CuriosityStream

Our hot take

Although CuriosityStream may not have the biggest content library or the widest range of genres, its niche focus will appeal to people who can’t get enough of learning new things. Plus, the CuriosityStream price is low enough for smaller budgets. To satisfy fictional show and movie tastes, however, you’ll need to add another streaming service to your monthly bill. But, by adding CuriosityStream to an Amazon Prime Video or Sling TV subscription, it’s easy to combine the two.

Lauren Sharkey