Documentary+, the premium documentary streaming platform, announced today that its Documentary+ channel is now available 24/7 on VIZIO (NYSE: VZIO) SmartCast® TVs. Audiences can find curated content from Documentary+’s collection of nonfiction films and series on VIZIO WatchFree+, the free streaming service available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs. SmartCast audiences can now access Documentary+’s programming via the updated WatchFree+ program guide, with no additional devices, subscriptions, logins or fees.
The Documentary+ channel will host nonfiction titles spanning across genres from true crime to exposés to music docs, with a common theme of stranger-than-fiction tales catering to documentary fans. Documentary+ is the streaming destination for premium nonfiction content, with the average user watching 80 minutes of content since it launched as an AVOD streaming service in January 2021.
Documentary+ houses the best collection of feature documentaries, cult classics and shorts from critically-acclaimed films and features award-winning and nominated filmmakers including Spike Jonze, Kathryn Bigelow, Penny Lane, Elaine May, Jessica Beshir, Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Sam Pollard and more. Included in the existing library is the docuseries with Anthony Bourdain and VICE, A Cook’s Tour, which chronicles Bourdain and his travels across the world to explore local culinary cuisines from Tokyo to Portugal to Napa Valley over 35 episodes.
“We are bullish on the idea that FAST is the next step in the evolution of TV as we build Documentary+ to become the leading premium doc channel,” said Bryn Mooser, Documentary+ Founder. “Launching on VIZIO’s SmartCast is bringing the Documentary+ channel to millions more households.”
“With access to feature-length and short documentary films from the Documentary+ channel on WatchFree+, we are able to serve up a premium content and viewing experience at no cost to the SmartCast audience,” said Greg Barnard, Director of Content Acquisition for VIZIO. “Adding these high quality, non-fiction films to the ever-expanding library of content options means there is something for everyone with SmartCast.”
In addition to VIZIO, Documentary+ is available on smart TV channels including XUMO, LG Channel Plus and LG Channels as well as on-demand streaming apps including Apple TV, Amazon and Roku, mobile devices and www.docplus.com.
The latest WatchFree+ programming is now available on all VIZIO SmartCast TVs. For more information about WatchFree+, visit www.vizio.com/en/watchfreeplus.