NASA Announces Free Streaming Service
NASA is launching into the world of streaming with an on-demand service of its own: NASA+. The subscription- and ad-free service is in early access beta and is expected to fully start later this year.
NASA+ will feature original documentaries, archival footage, kids programming and a handful of new series. The service will also include livestreams and news on current and upcoming missions, such as Artemis I and OSIRIS-REx. NASA TV, the satellite and online channel, will not be affected.
The streaming announcement coincides with a revamp of NASA’s website and app. This is the latest in a push to update and integrate information currently found across their websites, including space missions, image and video galleries and climate data.
The streaming service will be available on the agency’s Apple and Android app, as well as Roku, FireTV and on web browsers. NASA+ is the latest scientific streaming service debuted in recent years, following Discovery+, Curiosity Stream, Nebula and others.
This is not the first streaming service a U.S. government agency has offered. The Armed Forces Network and C-SPAN have their own apps and streaming options. According to NASA Public Affairs Specialist Abbey Donaldson, the agency examined other popular streaming services to select what features the public would most want to see.
“NASA+ puts the service’s video content into newly curated playlists and topics that allow better discoverability, along with new tools to search across our NASA+ video library through user-generated queries and tags on videos,” Donaldson said.