CuriosityStream Connects With Dish

Adding another MVPD partner to its list, CuriosityStream has completed an integration with Dish Network that makes the SVOD service available on internet-connected Hopper devices, including the 4K-capable Hopper 3, as well as the Dish Anywhere mobile app.

Dish customers can subscribe to CuriosityStream and its library of about 1,400 documentary features and series via the pay TV provider’s platform for $5.99 per month, the same price as the “Standard” tier for CuriosityStream’s standalone service, which supports HD.

CuriosityStream’s 4K library will be available via Dish by this summer. It was not immediately clear if Dish subs will need to pay extra to access that 4K content (CuriosityStream’s Premium tier, when bought as a standalone, runs $11.99 per month and includes access to 4K content).

Update: What pricing difference, if any, that will be applied for access to CuriosityStream's 4K library via Dish has not been announced.  

CuriosityStream, a service created by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has been busy striking distribution deals with MVPDs that complements its own standalone, OTT-delivered service.

In February, CuriosityStream notched a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), giving the SVOD service exposure to more than 850 independent cable operators and the potential for many more set-top box integrations. 

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CuriosityStream, a service launched in March 2015, has not announced subscriber numbers. However, the NCTC agreement builds on its strategy to work with various types of distributors.

Other CuriosityStream distribution partners include Comcast, Layer3 TV (now part of T-Mobile), Sling TV (Dish’s OTT TV service), Amazon Channels and VRV, the Ellation-owned SVOD aggregation/bundling service.