Award-winning programming exclusively from Smithsonian Channel, available anywhere, anytime, and on your favorite devices. Stream original series and entertaining documentaries inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research facilities, and publications, and explore worlds of history, mystery, science, pop culture, and more. No commitment or cable subscription required. Just download and enjoy at home or on-the-go.

Upgrade to Smithsonian Channel Plus for an ad-free viewing experience. Unlock even more nonfiction entertainment, like full seasons of our most popular series Aerial America, America in Color, and Air Disasters, in addition to nature and wildlife programs from Smithsonian Earth. With new content added weekly, you'll never run out of genres to explore, worlds to discover, and things to learn! All for just $4.99/month after your FREE 7-day trial*.

Now available on Apple TV®, iPhone® and iPad®.

Smithsonian Channel Features:
-- Free award-winning programming exclusively from Smithsonian Channel
-- Select full episodes and clips of your favorite programs plus curated playlists, bonus materials, and original digital shorts
-- Entertaining and educational programs
-- Factual, informative, and trusted
-- Search by your favorite genres

Smithsonian Channel Plus Features:
-- Unlimited streaming of high-quality original documentaries and series
-- Deep library of nonfiction entertainment
-- Full seasons of award-winning series
-- 300+ hours of 4K UHD programming included in your subscription
-- Ability to curate your own playlist by adding programs to My List for future viewing
-- Content refreshed weekly

*You will not be charged for the SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL PLUS streaming service during the free trial period (the first 7 days of your subscription). TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. To keep your subscription once your trial period is over, you will not have to do anything. Free trial is available to new customers only.

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©2018 SN Digital LLC All rights reserved. Smithsonian Channel is a trademark of Smithsonian Institution. SN Digital LLC is an authorized user. Smithsonian Channel Plus is accessible for viewing solely in the United States and its territories and possessions. Minimum high-speed broadband connection is required for viewing.

What’s New

Version 2.0

Welcome to the brand new Smithsonian Channel streaming service. Explore history, mystery, science, and pop culture with more original series and entertaining documentaries than ever before. Enjoy it for free--no commitment or cable subscription required--or upgrade to Smithsonian Channel Plus to gain access to our deep library of nonfiction entertainment, including full seasons of our most popular series, such as Aerial America, America in Color, and Air Disasters. Ad-free for just $4.99/month after your FREE 7-day trial*.

Current subscribers of Smithsonian Earth will automatically be upgraded to Smithsonian Channel Plus without a cost increase.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
iPad for Fun ,


Downloaded the updated app and now I can't watch any shows. I do have a paid subscription. The iPad and Apple TV will not quit loading a show.. Spin, spin, spin equals nothing. I usually watch at least one Smithsonion show per day. Please fix soon

Asperkraken ,

Bit of a sham for Google Guides.

Well, I was excited to try this app. Got a free trial but because of a website that for some reason can't function in Google Chrome, (couldn't login at all without going to Safari first) I couldn't sign up to use said promo on the site. Therefore I got duped into putting my payment info in and didn't even get the offer specified. No option to use promos in the app either. Not a great first impression.

Developer Response ,

If you need assistance managing your account, we can help! Please visit where you can submit a request.

rpieprzica ,

Beautiful documentaries and Amazing wildlife cinematography

Smithsonian has been a world class museum for almost as long as the USA has been a country. The science and education that the institution has provided since its inception in 1846 is incredible. All that knowledge and exploration has translated very well into the videos they produce, from exploring delicate ecosystems to delving into the history of ancient civilizations, they continue to capture thrilling and timely movies and tv shows. This Smithsonian app is a must have for anyone interested in history, nature and science. They have tried to keep up with providing new full length shows for this app, but it seems the process is slow, that would be my only complaint, but there is enough currently available to keep you entertained for quite a while. I’m happy to keep my subscription going, not only to support this great institution, but to satisfy my curiosity about the history, nature, and science in our amazing world.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this amazing feedback! We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your subscription! Thank you, as always, for watching Smithsonian Earth!


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20.9 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
©2018 SN Digital L.L.C. All rights reserved. Smithsonian Earth is a trademark of Smithsonian Institution. SN Digital L.L.C. is an authorized user.
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