If you’re sick of all of the sitcoms and dramas that you’ll find on Netflix and Hulu, and have no interest in the type of content that Disney Plus offers, chances are that you’re looking for a streaming service that does things a bit differently. That’s where Curiosity Stream comes in.
Curiosity Stream is available now for streaming on many of your favorite devices and platforms. And, for many of us, that means we’re planning to add Curiosity Stream to our Fire Stick or another Fire device.
Can You Watch Curiosity Stream on a Firestick?
Luckily, yes, Curiosity Stream is available on Amazon devices, which includes the Amazon Fire Stick.
It will also be available on your Xbox One, Roku Devices, PC, PS4, Mac, Android, iOS, Chromecast, and more.
How to Install Curiosity Stream on Your Firestick
But if you’re trying to figure out exactly how to watch Curiosity Stream on Firestick, here’s exactly how to hook it up for your Amazon Fire Stick device:
- 1. Sign up for Curiosity Stream here
- 2. From the Main Screen, select Search.
- 3. Type ‘Curiosity’ into the search box
- 4. Select Curiosity Stream
- 5. Select Download/Free
- 6. After the Curiosity Stream app downloads, select the Open button
- 7. Sign In
- 8. Enter your Curiosity Stream account information (email address and password)
- 9. Browse to whatever show/documentary you want to watch and select play.
If you’ve followed the above steps precisely, congrats—you’re streaming CuriosityStream on Fire Stick right now!
How to Watch Curiosity Stream in 4K on Fire TV
Not all Fire TV devices support 4K streaming, so if you’re planning on streaming Curiosity Stream in 4K with your Fire device, you’ll need one of the following devices:
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire TV 2nd Generation and Up
- Fire TV Cube
Any of the older devices will not allow you to stream in 4K, limiting you to a max 1080p. But if you’ve purchased a brand new fire TV stick in 2015 or beyond, chances are that your device will support Curiosity Stream in 4K.
Internet Speed Requirements for 4K
If you’re planning to stream Curiosity Stream in glorious 4K resolution, you’re going to need an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps (megabits per second). If you’re not sure exactly what internet speed you currently have, head on over to speedtest.net, run the test, and take a look at the first number that pops out (your download speed). If that number reads 25 Mbps or above, you’re good to go for 4K streaming. If it’s slightly lower, you should try to stream Curiosity Stream in 4K to see if it works. And, if it’s anything below 15 Mbps, you’ll need to call up your internet provider and see if there’s an upgrade available.
In my personal experience, Curiosity Stream works flawlessly on Fire devices, and since its U.S. launch, I have yet to experience any hiccups with the app.
How Much Is Curiosity Stream Cost On Fire Stick?
Like the majority of Fire TV apps available, Curiosity Stream is free to download. However, you’ll need to purchase a Curiosity Stream subscription for either.
There are 4 different subscription options for CuriosityStream, so it’s super flexible and can be adjusted to your budget.
Here are the 4 tiers:
- HD Monthly for just $2.99/month.
- HD Annual for $19.99/year (most popular/best value).
- 4K Monthly for $9.99/month.
- 4K Annual $69.99/year (best price for the best picture quality).
After you’ve subscribed to Curiosity Stream, you’ll then use your credentials to log into the Curiosity Stream Fire app on your device to start streaming.
What Shows Are on Curiosity Stream?
If you’ve got a need to learn something new, there are plenty of great options on Curiosity Stream. Here are just a few highlights available now:
- Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places
- Deep Time History
- 4th & Forever: Muck City
- Spy in the Wild (voiced by David Tennant!)
- Prescription: Nutrition
What to Do If Curiosity Stream Is Not Working On Your Firestick?
If Curiosity Stream isn’t working on your Firestick, there are a few things you can try.
The most likely culprit for Curiosity Stream not working on Firesticks is a slow internet connection. You need at least a 5Mbps connection to stream in the lowest resolution, and 15Mbps for 4K. But if your device isn’t getting those speeds, there are a couple of things I would try first.
- Restart your router and unplug your Firestick.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Plug your Firestick back in.
This will help restart your device’s TCP/IP and internet connection settings so that you have the best chance of getting the best speeds.
If that doesn’t work and you’re still getting slow speeds, it could be due to a crowded network or downloads on other devices. For example, if you’re downloading a game update on STEAM on your PC, any game consoles, or someone else in your home is streaming a movie while you’re trying to watch Curiosity Stream, it could cause your device to not have the required speed juice it needs to work properly. To most easily rectify the problem, turn off the internet connection on those devices, and see if this helps Curiosity Stream work again.