CuriosityStream is the world's first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for premium factual shows that enlighten, entertain and inspire.

Get the free app as part of your CuriosityStream membership and watch choice programming crafted by the world's top filmmakers. Dive deep into your favorite areas of science, technology, nature and history.

Memberships start at $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year for standard definition streaming (basic plan), and $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year for high definition streaming (standard plan). When you place your order, you will receive your CuriosityStream membership free for the first 7 days. If you do not cancel, then your membership will continue and the monthly subscription rate (plus applicable tax) will be charged or deducted from your account on or about the same date each month that you continue your membership. You may cancel your membership and stop the billing anytime by logging into your account.

CuriosityStream membership benefits:
- Unlimited streaming of the best in factual programming
- HD shows (Standard membership) or standard definition shows (Basic membership) available anywhere, anytime on multiple devices
- Browse titles with multiple search tools that help you find your favorite topic area
- Sort shows by length and type so you find exactly what you want to watch quickly and easily
- Rate your favorite shows and get recommendations for related content
- Bookmark shows to watch later or resume watching previously viewed shows on other devices

Please Note:
– Payment will be charged to the user's iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
– Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
– Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
– Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
– Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication

By downloading this application, you agree to the CuriosityStream Terms of Use ( and Privacy Policy (

What's New

Version 2.3.2

Thank you for using CuriosityStream! Every update of our app includes improvements for speed, reliability and a smoother user experience.

Highlights for this update:
- Updated the privacy policy and terms & conditions, and added functionality to ask for user consent regarding what information we store.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

871 Ratings

871 Ratings

Content 5 star. App is a Deal Breaker


Like the content. Deal breaker is because next show always auto-starts! Needs ability to change this setting. I often fall asleep watching TV and this plays all night using my data

Needs work


The content is great but they definitely have some kinks to work out. Playback is a mess. I stream to my Apple TV but if my phone goes idle then the video stops. Not just pause but full on stops and restarts from the beginning. I basically had to change the settings from my phone and hope I don't get any push notifications because that will stop and reset it too.
Another issue is that they basically lumped every video into 4 categories that you can't browse entirely through on your phone so you definitely miss out on content unless you know exactly what you want.
I'm also annoyed that the mobile and desktop experience are very different. Desktop needs a quick way to add videos while browsing. The terminology is also different. Adding a video on desktop is "bookmark" while mobile is tagged as "later".
If they can work out these issues, especially the playback, it's worth keeping but otherwise I just find myself annoyed with it.

Streaming Curiosity


I did get CuriosityStream working with this app after lots of experimentation. I used AppleTV's AirPlay mode from an iPad3. Playback was awful until I updated AppleTV to v 7.1.2. (Doing the update was another problem because it would not update with my smart TV but finally did after several hours...)
My Internet speed is rated at 7mbps and the video playback resolution was indicated at 1080p.
The first 30 minutes played smoothly, with a few short stalls. However, when the iPad timed out, streaming stopped, so I had to repeatedly tap the screen. To its credit, the video was able to restart where it had stopped. (There is a control for that in iPad Settings under Videos)

The last half of the video stalled every few minutes, which I consider to be unacceptable performance. This app needs a better video buffering algorithm.

BTW, the video (Secrets of Quantum Physics) was top notch and worth the trouble.

EDIT: The next day, I played the same videos again and they played flawlessly at 1080p resolution, as did another video. 🤔🤔🤔

Therefore, I am adding a star to this App's rating. However, it will have to offer Captions and keep the iPad from stopping when iPad times out.


CuriosityStream, LLC
104.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Copyright 2015 CuriosityStream, LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Standard $5.99
  2. Basic $2.99
  3. Standard $59.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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