FAQs

What is Smithsonian Channel Plus

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Smithsonian Channel Plus is an ad-free premium subscription that gives you access to our vast library of original series and documentaries. All the great nature and wildlife programs from Smithsonian Earth are also viewable with a Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription.

With a Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription, you can also use the “My List” feature to save your favorite programs for future viewing and continue watching videos from where you left off.

Sign up for Smithsonian Channel Plus today in the Smithsonian Channel app, on watch.smithsonianchannel.com, or through Amazon Prime Video Channels.

How much does the Smithsonian Channel Plus streaming service cost?

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After your free trial period, $4.99/month is charged to the credit card that you used when you signed up.

If you started your subscription through your iTunes®, Google Play, Roku® or Amazon® account, you will be charged through the credit card you have on file with that device account. If you signed up through Amazon Prime Video, you will be charged through your Amazon account.

TO AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE THE END OF YOUR FREE TRIAL PERIOD. YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW UNLESS YOU CANCEL PRIOR TO YOUR NEXT BILLING DATE. PLEASE NOTE THAT SIMPLY DELETING THE APP FROM YOUR DEVICE WILL NOT CANCEL YOUR SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL PLUS SUBSCRIPTION.

Where can I watch Smithsonian Channel programming?

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You can watch Smithsonian Channel programming in a variety of ways.

ONLINE OR IN THE APP: Watch select free full episodes and clips online at watch.smithsonianchannel.com or in the Smithsonian Channel app, which is free to download on your Apple, Amazon, Roku or Android device. Unlock hundreds of more programs with a subscription to Smithsonian Channel Plus, which you can sign up for at watch.smithsonianchannel.com or in the Smithsonian Channel app.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS: If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can subscribe to the Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription through Prime Video Channels and watch our programs through Prime Video.

CABLE OR TV PROVIDER: Smithsonian Channel is offered through participating TV providers. To find out if you get Smithsonian Channel through your TV provider, visit smithsonianchannel.com/ways-to-watch and enter your zip code.

BUY SHOWS: Individual shows are available to purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and FandangoNOW. To find out if the show you’re interested in is available to purchase, visit any of these online stores and search for the show title.

You can learn more about all of these options in detail on the Ways to Watch page.

What kind of programming do you offer?

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We bring the Smithsonian experience to life with original series and entertaining documentaries that explore science & tech, nature & wildlife, air & space, history & mystery and pop culture. New full episodes, short videos, and editorially curated playlists are added weekly.

How does the free trial work?

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When you sign up for the Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription, you get a free trial if you are a new subscriber. You will not be charged for the Smithsonian Channel Plus streaming service during your free trial period.

TO AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE THE END OF YOUR FREE TRIAL PERIOD. YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW UNLESS YOU CANCEL PRIOR TO YOUR NEXT BILLING DATE. PLEASE NOTE THAT SIMPLY DELETING THE APP FROM YOUR DEVICE WILL NOT CANCEL YOUR SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL PLUS SUBSCRIPTION. PLEASE SEE THE NEXT QUESTION FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CANCEL.

How do I cancel my Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription?

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The steps to cancel your Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription depend on where you signed up or how you are getting billed for the service.

IF YOU SIGNED UP ON OUR WEBSITE WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD: Sign in to your account at watch.smithsonianchannel.com and cancel your subscription from the Settings page.

IF YOU SIGNED UP THROUGH AN IN-APP PURCHASE: If you signed up through the Smithsonian Channel app on your Apple, Amazon, Roku or Android device, cancel through your respective iTunes, Amazon, Roku or Google Play account.

IF YOU SIGNED UP THROUGH AMAZON PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS: Sign in to your Amazon account at www.amazon.com and cancel from the Manage Your Prime Video Channels page in Your Account.

For detailed steps on how to cancel, visit our Help Center.

Why isn't the show I want to watch available?

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There are a number of factors that determine whether a show is available in the Smithsonian Channel app or part of the Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription, but we are working to expand our content offerings to make more seasons and episodes available.

How much 4K UHD content is available?

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Over 300 hours of 4K UHD programs are available to stream with a Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription, and we are continuing to add more. In order to view these programs in 4K UHD resolution, you must have a 4K UHD-supported streaming device, 4K UHD television, and a high-speed internet connection.

How can I access Smithsonian Earth?

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You can now access all your favorite nature and wildlife programs from Smithsonian Earth on Smithsonian Channel, with a Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription. If you currently have a subscription to Smithsonian Earth, your subscription will continue and will be upgraded to a full Smithsonian Channel Plus subscription at no extra charge. Just visit the Genres page online at watch.smithsonianchannel.com or on the app to find all of our Smithsonian Earth programs in one convenient place.