Smithsonian Networks Sets Smithsonian Channel Plus OTT Service

Smithsonian Networks will jump into the over-the-top waters with the launch of subscription based Smithsonian Channel Plus, the network announced Thursday.

The $4.99 per month service will feature over 1,000 hours of content from the network’s slate of programming, including history, air and space, nature and wildlife, science, travel, pop and culture, said the company.

Smithsonian Channel Plus is now available through the Smithsonian Channel app on Apple, Amazon, Roku Players and TVs, and Android devices, as well as online at

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

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Smithsonian Channel’s acclaimed programming to new audiences in an easily accessible way at a time when viewing habits and consumption are rapidly changing,” said Tom Hayden, president, Smithsonian Networks. “With a deep and varied programming library, including one of the largest offerings of 4K UHD content, launching Smithsonian Channel Plus allows us to super-serve viewers who love documentaries and series across a wide variety of genres.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.