About & Pics

Description

Keep up with Smithsonian Channel's original series and documentaries, and explore our vast video library with our award-winning universal iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch app. A Webby Award winner and SXSW Interactive Award nominee, this app introduces a brand new way to watch, find, and explore over 1,000 short videos and free full episodes. It also allows you to personalize your own version of the channel by selecting your favorite topics. Here, discovery is at your fingertips, and curiosity is rewarded. And with constant additions to our library, you're guaranteed to find something new every time you open this app.

*US ONLY*

If you're having technical difficulties, email apps@smithsonianchannel.com to get in touch with our team.

FEATURES:
- NEW: Resume Watching - easily pick up your previously watched videos from where you left off
- Chromecast support
- Picture in Picture support
- Search and Core Spotlight Integration
- CloudKit Synchronization
- Apple Watch App for iPhone
- A new vibrant and intuitive design to enhance user experience
- Thousands of free videos
- Rotating selection of free full episodes
- Quick Picks section that individually selects videos for you based on your interests
- Artifacts quiz section where you can put your knowledge to the test (iPhone)
- Smithsonian Channel "Video of the Day" widget you can add to your device’s Today View
- "Skip back" button that allows users to instantly rewind any video 15 seconds at a time.
- New curated playlists, debuted weekly
- Smart auto-play mode to continuously play related videos
- Ability to favorite videos
- Facebook, Twitter, and email sharing capabilities
- AirPlay integration
- Channel Finder to check on-air availability
- Notifications for new and featured content
- On-air schedule

 Free in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Mar 01, 2012 (almost 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 3 months, on average.

Dec 04
2018
(Current)
Version 4.0.2

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Aug 09
2017
Version 4.0.1

- miscellaneous bug fixes

Jul 11
2017
Version 4.0.0

- Resume Watching: easily pick up your previously watched videos from where you left off!
- significant improvements to the app's load time and performance on iPad
- new Quick Picks section for the iPad to provide a new route to content discovery
- improved Picture-in-Picture performance
- other assorted bugfixes and enhancements

Feb 02
2017
Version 3.3.2

- bug fix for schedule information

Sep 24
2016
Version 3.3.1

- iOS 10 bug fixes

Jul 07
2016
Version 3.3.0

Great new features on supported devices:
- Picture in Picture: continue watching our videos while browsing your iOS device outside of our app
- Search and Core Spotlight Integration: search for shows and videos featured in our app using iOS's standard Spotlight search.
- CloudKit Synchronization: store your Favorites and Recently Watched in your iCloud account--then access them on any of your iCloud-linked supported devices.
- Video Player Updates: experience increased speed, efficiency and performance
- Handoff Support for iPhone to/from iPad: now you can use the Smithsonian Channel app on one iOS device, then continue the experience on another iOS device
- Miscellaneous performance enhancements

Feb 24
2016
Version 3.2.1

Fixed bug in Today Widget

Feb 13
2016
Version 3.2.0

- Chromecast! We've listened to your feedback and are happy to announce that now, in addition to using Airplay, you can also play videos from the iOS app on your TV via Chromecast.
- This version also includes new performance and security updates

Sep 17
2015
Version 3.1.2

Fix for crash issue on iOS 9.

Aug 28
2015
Version 3.1.1

Bug fixes

Jun 16
2015
Version 3.1.0

- Apple Watch App for iPhone
- Performance improvements
- Bug fixes

Feb 16
2015
Version 3.0.2

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Oct 09
2014
Version 3.0

- Our brand new iPhone version of the award-nominated Smithsonian Channel app includes:
> A new vibrant and intuitive design to enhance user experience
> New curated playlists, debuted weekly
> Smart auto-play mode to continuously play related videos
> Ability to favorite videos
> A Quick Picks section that individually selects videos for you based on your interests

- New iOS8 features include:
> A Smithsonian Channel “Video of the Day” widget you can add to your device’s Today View
> A “skip back” button that allows users to instantly rewind any video 15 seconds at a time.

May 18
2014
Version 2.1.7

Bugfix for video player crashes.

May 04
2014
Version 2.1.6

Bug fixes.

Mar 27
2014
Version 2.1.5

Bug fixes.

Mar 13
2014
Version 2.1.4

Major updates under the hood to video player and other components to increase stability, improve video playback, and squash pesky crash bugs.

Nov 15
2013
Version 2.1.3

iOS 7.0.3 compatibility/stability issues addressed

Nov 01
2013
Version 2.1.2

- addresses update issue for users on iOS 6.0
- allows 1st Gen iPad & iOS 5.0 users the option to download last compatible release (v2.0)

Oct 14
2013
Version 2.1.1

Bug Fixes

Sep 18
2013
Version 2.1

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.1
- Optimized for iOS 7
- Design enhancements for an improved user experience

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.0
- A new way to create your own channel
- Browse image galleries
- Save your favorite videos
- Keep track of recently watched videos
- Watch curated video playlists about topics like baby animals, airplanes, and the Civil War

Jul 25
2013
Version 2.0

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.0
-A new way to create your own channel
-Browse image galleries
-Save your favorite videos
-Keep track of recently watched videos
-Watch curated video playlists about topics like baby animals, airplanes, and the Civil War

Jun 14
2012
Version 1.1.1

Addresses iOS 5.1.1 AirPlay compatibility issue
Minor bug fixes

May 24
2012
Version 1.1

Graphics optimized for Retina Display
Improved loading speed
New full episode notifications link directly to video
Minor bug fixes

Apr 30
2012
Version 1.0.2

- Updated video content
- Improved loading time
- Personal location and channel number saved
- Minor bug fixes

Mar 20
2012
Version 1.0.1

- Adaptive bitrate video streaming for improved loading and viewing experience
- iOS 5.1 compatible
- Minor bug fixes

Feb 25
2012
Version 1.0

Previous 3 versions
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