When it comes to most of your precious couch time, I'm sure all you want to do is marathon your favorite show for the umpteenth time, right? But sometimes you crave a more educational spin on things. Sure, your usual go-to streaming services—Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime—all have documentary offerings, but if you're looking for even more in-depth selections, there are several great resources for streaming independent and educational features and series.
To meet all your indie film and documentary needs, here are five resources for more serious streaming.
Documentary and independent film lovers (and honestly, just about everyone under the sun) are definitely familiar with the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Now is a resource from the Sundance Institute for streaming award-winning documentaries, indie films and series in just about any genre—and can be easily accessed from your computer, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
Cost: $4.99 per month for an annual membership, or $6.99 month to month, and you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.
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IndieFlix has more than 8,000 documentaries, shorts and feature films to choose from. And if that sounds too overwhelming and you can't decide what to watch, IndieFlix has a feature called QuickPick that can help. Just filter videos by options like duration, genre, country, or audience age—rather than show you movie posters and descriptions, you'll see video previews as if you were channel surfing. You can stream IndieFlix on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku or Apple TV.
Cost: $4.99 month to month, or $39.99 total for an annual membership, and you can sign up for a 14-day free trial.
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CuriosityStream—also available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV—has documentaries in science, technology, civilization and human spirit categories (so basically on everything from birds to Shakespeare), and has special collections for kids, as well as lectures from scientists, writers and other experts. The company's mission is to provide people with a place to go for affordable, educational programming.
Cost: Plans start at $2.99 per month, and you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.
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For a resource that won't cost you a dime, DocumentaryStorm curates quality full-length documentaries from around the web in every category from art to war. If you're not sure where to get started, just click "Surprise Me!" and you'll be taken to a random documentary, and you can also browse new arrivals any time on your computer.
Cost: Totally free!
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With DOX (which is partnered with Landmark Theatres) you can browse documentaries in education and discovery, art and entertainment, space discovery and world issues categories. DOX also has its own exclusive docuseries called "A Look Back" that covers various topics. Subscribers also get access to exclusive giveaways, contests and screenings, so you can do more than just stream.
Cost: Annual memberships are currently on sale for $23.99.
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