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CuriosityStream Reaches 10 Million Subscribers, Surpassing ESPN+, HBO Now and CBS All Access

Stephanie Sengwe

Today is a good day for the underdog as CuriosityStream announced it has reached 10 million subscribers. This milestone is up from one million just last year and puts the science and nature-based streaming service ahead of ESPN+, HBO Now and CBS All Access. ESPN+ recently reported that they reached 3.5 million subscribers in November; HBO Now was last reported to have approximately 8 million and CBS All Access has a combined 8 million subscribers, along with Showtime.

CuriosityStream, which was founded by Discovery Channel creator John Hendricks, owes part of their growth to the deals they inked with cable operators such as Altice USA and Suddenlink. Instead of trying to grow the company on their own, Hendricks, along with CuriosityStream CEO Clint Stinchcomb, have sold the service to pay-TV operators who then bundle it for their own video and internet customers. CuriosityStream gives cable companies broad on-demand rights to content that ranges from of nature to science to arts, history and many more, in exchange for a flat annual fee, Variety reports.

In February, the service raised an additional $140 million in venture funding from Blum Capital Ventures and TimesSquare Capital Management.

CuriosityStream is available for $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year. The streaming service includes 2,000 on demand science, technology and nature documentary and features. The company hopes to expand their library to 3,000 titles by the end of 2019 including exclusives in 4K. The service is available on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Web and Xbox One.

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