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It's about time science moved into the 21st century. Discovery channel founder John Hendricks will launch CuriosityStream, a streaming science video channel, on March 18. Think of it as Netflix Goes to NASA.
But the new service won't be limited solely to space news. CuriosityStream bills itself as an "online destination for all ages to watch programming about the mysteries and wonders of science, technology, civilization and the human spirit." It will feature short-form videos of original material plus more than 800 ad-free short form clips and feature documentaries. Additional content will come from France's ZED, Flame Distribution, Terra Noa, Japan's NHK, and BBC Worldwide.
Some of the original content will consist of interviews with prominent thinkers. Filmmaker Norman Seeff will host interviews about creativity and author Deepok Chopra will produce a series of conversations with business leaders and celebrities. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku will also host a series of interviews.
CuriosityStream boasts a star-studded pedigree with an all-star board of directors, including actress Glenn Close, musicians Don Henley and Wynton Marsalis, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf. Also gracing the board are members from Princeton, Stanford, and Georgetown universities, the SETI Institute, and the Humane Society.
CuriosityStream will be ad free and sold on a subscription basis. Subscribers will pay $2.99 to $9.99 (for HD and Ultra HD) per month and will be able to access the channel on all Internet devices as well as Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.
Streaming content is becoming a crowded market. It remains to be seen how the many content providers will compete for share of viewers' entertainment options and break out of the clutter. In the meantime, put on your thinking caps and get ready for science to launch on demand this spring.