What do the jobs of tomorrow look like? Can you make meat without animals? Will startups take us to the stars? What’s the best way to regulate drugs? What if malaria drugs stop working? What does the future hold?

Economist Films makes short, mind-stretching documentaries that examine big global themes. Each one combines analysis, on-the-ground reporting and a dash of humour to capture the essence of The Economist, the leading current-affairs newspaper, in video form.
Download the app and tune in to gain a broader understanding of the forces shaping the future.

Available to view:
”Daily Watch” : Mind-stretching short films every day of the working week.

”Oceans”: A Series that shows how cutting-edge science and radical thinking are unlocking the mysteries of the world's seas

“Global Compass”: A series that examines the countries and people pioneering new approaches to persistent social problems, from prison reform to drugs policy to providing low-cost health care

The Disrupters: An original series exploring how major industries - from music and cars to hospitality - are currently being disrupted by the last wave of digital innovation

“Future Works”: A series that looks at the people doing jobs of the future today, including civilian drone operators, e-sports superstars and bionic-limb designers

“Passport“ : An original travel series for the intellectually and culturally curious, exploring some of the most exciting city destinations in the world.

”The Agenda”: A series that explores the defining questions of our time and seeks out the stories, solutions and the personalities who might just hold the answers. Discover the mould-breakers experimenting with new ways to approach some of the modern world's most fundamental issues; find out what happens when bold ideas and real life collide, and meet the leaders whose thoughts and actions are themselves helping to shape the agenda.

“The World in 2017”: Find out about the big themes that will dominate the news agenda, before they happen

What's New

Version 1.9

- Minor Improvements

Ratings and Reviews

Editors’ Notes

We’re thrilled to have The Economist’s trusted video journalism in this convenient app. Even if you’re not a subscriber, you can start watching these entertaining programs and insightful documentary shorts about technology, business and culture. It’s great on the go, but the stunning cinematography of Economist Films looks even better on Apple TV.

Great films, can’t search and won’t play

Mike in Potomac

These are excellent short films, but this app only lists the most recent two or three — you can list each themed series, but not what was released last week. Most annoying is when it pushes a notification about a new release, but it won’t play because the content hasn’t populated the distribution network yet.

It's Free free free


As a college student there are so many media news outlets nowadays I often just purge the news from Facebook but these short mini informational videos on current issues and places are so interesting and completely won me over with the competent and unbiased presentation (showing both the opinions of large and small businesses). It's perfect for watching a couple mins each day during food breaks.


The Economist Newspaper Group Inc.
34.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Copyright © The Economist Newspaper Limited 2018


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