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What’s New

Version 3.13.5

We recently launched an amazing, improved iOS experience, but we are kinda perfectionists, so we made some improvements.

- New: We've expanded our live programming guide to 7 days in advanced for you to discover when the newest episodes of your favorite shows are live.
- Improved: We now support the ability to search for upcoming programs.
- Improved: We've improved your ad experience while watching so binge watch as long as your heart desires.
- Improved: All the good buzz words - performance, stability, reliability abound through the app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11.1K Ratings
11.1K Ratings
marbanno ,

Ad integration...horrific

First, I don’t mind ads. But the sheer number of ads; the “choice” to see multiple or single ads and the repetition of the same cross promotional nonsense makes this format frustrating at best; and a waste of time in the new digital era of media.

I’d love to be fly on wall of the exec meeting discussing ad placements in the app. “Hey lets synergy our cross promotional shows and really...zzzzz!” “Blue sky that idea Farnsworth!!” - seriously, just give me the ad without having me navigate the idiotic menu with a prompt the size of a pea. Give me multiple ads at once! I don’t care about the ads, I get it, it makes you money but why can’t media companies understand user experience should be front and center. Why can’t you just deliver a similar TV experience? Do you get digital is the new TV? No need to make it harder. It’s entertainment. I pay you to immerse myself in nonsense; not to think about what ad I’d like to see especially’s the same stupid ad. Ok I get CW is pushing supergirl by repeatedly showing her thrust out her bosoms over and over; I get CW is pushing Charmed, which btw, I couldn’t figure out which show was which. And both shows aren’t even close to the target demographic of the tv show I am watching. The chance of me watching CW is zero.

Perhaps I’m cynical but I have more hope for a 5 year old exploring play dough than these dumb “tv” execs.

prof500 ,

Ruined by greed

This is a well-designed app ruined by deceptive marketing and greed. After it is downloaded, all its shows are available for free viewing for a couple days. Then, without warning, it requires a login to the person's TV provider, a kind of paywall. That's not unreasonable if it were announced upfront, but here's the worst thing: if you have the channel as part of your TV package and log in successfully, many many shows may still be unavailable (in a nontransparent way except clicking them one by one) because of something like "your TV provider has not made an agreement with us for this". In other words, Fox got greedy and wanted an extra fee and the TV provider refused to give in to the blackmail.

My father, in his 80s, loves this channel and was excited to get the app so he could also view shows on his iPad. In the end, he was frustrated and sad and we ended up deleting the app.

Loudgazelle ,

Login login login

I downloaded this to watch Free Solo on demand on my Apple TV rather than wait for the rebroadcast, and I am pleased that the app allowed me to do that via my tv provider account.

I am displeased that the app made me log in repeatedly to watch, even though I used the app on consecutive days. I had to log in again once every day, and it even interrupted me in the middle of a show I’d been watching, even though I was authenticated 25 min earlier when I started watching it.

I am also very annoyed that the app requires you create an account with them in order to resume watching a show at the point where you left off. The app clearly remembered where I was, as the progress bar on the thumbnail of the show advanced each day, but it refused to let me resume unless I created an account with Nat geo AND allowed them to send me promotional emails. No thanks, I just made rough guesses where I left off.

The experience using the applet tv version of this app was so poor that now that I’ve watched the documentary I was interested in I’m going to delete the app. There’s just too many hurdles in the way of making this a good viewing experience.


National Geographic Partners, LLC
75.2 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
© 2018 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.


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