In a move that signals just how much media has changed, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks has announced plans to launch CuriosityStream, a video on demand service that will focus on providing factual content.
30 years ago Hendricks launched the cable network. And in just a few months he will be launching the internet-based video service that will be comprised mostly of short-form content that is 8 minutes in length or less.
CuriosityStream will also conduct 20 monthly interviews with well-known experts such as Deepak Chopra and Sheryl WuDunn.
Not all content will be original, however. Curiosity Project, LLC – the company behind CuriosityStream – has secured licensing rights for international content from sources such as ZED (France), NHK (Japan), and BBC Worldwide.
Subscribers will also be able to choose from several different price points based on the streaming resolution. Standard resolution starts at just $2.99 per month, 720 HD is available for $3.99 per month, 1080 HD resolution will be $5.99 per month, and 4K Ultra HD resolution will set you back $9.99 monthly.
The service will be available through any internet-enabled computer or mobile device, along with common streaming devices such as AppleTV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast.
It seems that Hendricks, who retired from Discovery Channel’s board last year, hasn’t played all the cards in his hand quite yet, as he is looking to further disrupt media in the factual content niche.