Vizio promotion offers free access to CuriosityStream app

Mike Wheatley

American TV brand Vizio Inc. is teaming up with the documentary streaming service CuriosityStream to provide a month of free access to its app to all Vizio SmartCast TV owners.


SmartCast is the operating system that powers the vast majority of Vizio’s smart TVs. The company said the free preview of CuriosityStream will be available on SmartCast TVs from March 3 to March 31.

It’s not a bad little freebie – CuriosityStream is normally priced at $2.99 (£2.29) per month or $19.99 (£15.32) per year and provides access to a wealth of content for documentary lovers.

If you’ve not watched CuriosityStream before then now is the perfect opportunity to give it a try, especially if you’re a fan of the old Discovery Channel shows. Indeed, the service was actually created by John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications, the parent company behind the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel and others. It offers a vast library of entertaining and educational programmes, including shows like The Secrets of Quantum Physics, The Rise and Fall of T-Rex, Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places and more.

In total, CuriosityStream offers more than 2,400 programmes covering topics including science, history, nature, technology, society and others.

One neat thing about CuriosityStream is that, unlike many other services (such as Hulu), there are no geographic restrictions on the service, so it can be watched no matter where you are located on the planet. There’s also an offline viewing mode that allows you to download content directly onto your TV or device to watch later.

The free month of access to CuriosityStream isn’t the only part of this promotion though. Vizio is also running a prize draw on Instagram, with the grand prize being a free Vizio M-Series Quantum 50” Class 4K HDR Smart TV and one “prize pack” for the lucky winner. In addition three runners-up will also win prize packs, which consist of one tote bag, two CuriosityStream logo t-shirts, one CuriosityStream logo hat, a book authored by John Hendricks, and CuriosityStream-branded power banks, fleece vests and squishy toys.

To enter the competition you’ll first need an Instagram account. Then simply follow Vizio, like this post that promotes the prize draw, and tag two friends in the comments section.