Award-winning programming exclusively from Smithsonian Channel, available anywhere, anytime, and on your favorite devices. Stream original series and entertaining documentaries inspired by the Smithsonian Institution's museums, research facilities and publications, and explore worlds of history, mystery, science, pop culture and more. Just download and enjoy at home or on-the-go.

Now available on Apple TV®, iPhone® and iPad®.

Smithsonian Channel features:
• Free award-winning programming exclusively from Smithsonian Channel.
• If you get Smithsonian Channel through your TV provider, sign in via participating TV providers to watch all our shows.
• Select full episodes of your favorite programs, plus curated playlists, bonus materials and original digital shorts.
• Entertaining and educational programs.
• Factual, informative and trusted content.

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What’s New

Version 97.0

Download the latest version of the Smithsonian Channel app to watch original documentaries and full episodes from your favorite shows, including Air Disasters, Aerial America and Secrets. Plus, we've made some bug fixes and performance improvement, so you can enjoy a smoother viewing experience.

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

vickiet444 ,

Who do I contact regarding...

I have had a subscription for the Plus through Apple which renews each month with payment. Today, I clicked on the App, started watching a program without any problems, decided to try another program & a screen came up offering me a 7-day free trial & wouldn’t let me watch anything else unless I signed up for another paid subscription which just renewed 2 weeks ago. Tried “restore purchase” & tried to sign back in...still refused my attempt to open. Clearly, the App Store says I have an active subscription. I sent an email to Smithsonian through their App feedback option, who in turn is replying they can’t help me. And says to contact Apple. Seems like Smithsonian Network says it’s all on Apple to assist me—too late today, so, I guess I will try tomorrow.

Follow-up…deleted App & reinstalled & now, it opens programming without a problem. Smithsonian kinda passed the problem on to Apple which is interesting since most other Subscription Apps are usually anxious to assist or suggest solutions. Which,simply, could’ve been to just delete the App & reinstall.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear that you're disappointed! Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. If you would like to share specific details about your Smithsonian Channel experience, we want to hear them. Please visit where you can submit a request.

adhlx ,

Needs work

This app needs a lot of work. You can’t watch it full screen on your phone and it doesn’t work sometimes lol. I love Smithsonian and would pay 2-3 extra dollars a month just so they could make this app better. Of course, the cable subscription thing is dumb but that’s probably not the fault of the developers. Someone higher up is trying to save money or just has an old school way of thinking and that’s why this app is so far behind from everyone else. Smithsonian is 10 times better than curiosity stream so I’ll always appreciate their great content but I’m hoping this app improves sooner than later. Is it as bad as everyone is saying? No, not really but it’s insane it’s with how the whole thing is set up.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear that you are having technical difficulties, and we want to help you! If you are still having trouble watching our content, use and submit a request.

We're happy to let you know that if you already get Smithsonian Channel through your cable provider, you can now stream hundreds of hours of programming within the Smithsonian Channel app. Select 'SIGN IN' then 'SELECT TV PROVIDER.' Once you've selected your provider, you may sign in with your provider credentials. Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback, and thank you for watching Smithsonian Channel!

rpieprzica ,

Beautiful documentaries and Amazing wildlife cinematography

Smithsonian has been a world class museum for almost as long as the USA has been a country. The science and education that the institution has provided since its inception in 1846 is incredible. All that knowledge and exploration has translated very well into the videos they produce, from exploring delicate ecosystems to delving into the history of ancient civilizations, they continue to capture thrilling and timely movies and tv shows. This Smithsonian app is a must have for anyone interested in history, nature and science. They have tried to keep up with providing new full length shows for this app, but it seems the process is slow, that would be my only complaint, but there is enough currently available to keep you entertained for quite a while. I’m happy to keep my subscription going, not only to support this great institution, but to satisfy my curiosity about the history, nature, and science in our amazing world.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this amazing feedback! We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your subscription! Thank you, as always, for watching Smithsonian Earth!

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The developer, SN Digital LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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