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Published on December 13th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Smithsonian Networks launches $5 a month subscription service through existing tvOS app

Smithsonian Networks launched Thursday Smithsonian Channel Plus, an on-demand service of over 1,000 hours of nonfiction programming for $5 per month. The service is available through the existing Smithsonian Channel app on Apple TV.

The new ad-free subscription service incorporates and supersedes Smithsonian Earth, the company’s $3.99-monthly service that launched three years ago, which had been geared around nature and wildlife.

Smithsonian Channel Plus includes programming that has previously aired on its cable TV channel, as well as hundreds of hours of programming previously available on Smithsonian Earth. According to the company, existing Smithsonian Earth subscribers can access the new SVOD service for no extra charge.

The new streaming service will refresh content weekly is an attempt to generate more revenue for the joint venture between CBS’s Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. It is another example of how many networks are going after cord-cutters by offering a subscription package with customized content, on-demand.

Smithsonian Channel Plus includes programming focused on history, air and space, nature and wildlife, science, travel, and pop culture. Series’ available include Aerial America, America in Color, Million Dollar American Princesses, The Lost Tapes and Air Disasters. Smithsonian Channel’s specials include The Coronation, The Mountain Lion and Me, Earth from Outer Space and Titanoboa: Monster Snake. 

Amazon Prime members will be able to subscribe to Smithsonian Channel Plus through Prime Video Channels by the end of 2018.

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