John Hendricks — a pioneer in the cable TV programming world who founded Discovery Channel — is launching an Internet-based video-on-demand subscription service with a slate of nonfiction content akin to what he used for the cabler’s debut 30 years ago.
CuriosityStream is an advertising-free SVOD service, with content comprising a mix of original series and licensed shows. It’s slated to debut March 18, 2015, with about 800 video titles.
“The advent of online-streaming technology utilized by Netflix and other successful video-streaming services has created a video transmission infrastructure that finally allows viewers to watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it,” Hendricks, also formerly chairman of Discovery Communications, said in a statement. “For consumers, our aim is to provide the first and best on-demand video streaming destination that aggregates and curates the world’s best factual content.”
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