Streaming documentary film has seen explosive growth. According to data from Parrot Analytics, demand for these series soared by 63% between 2019 and 2021.
While the COVID-19 pandemic halted narrative production, streamers raced to acquire true-crime and investigative series. One seasoned director was prevented from interviewing family members of a murder victim by nondisclosure agreements.
The new Docurama app offers a curated selection of award-winning documentaries, films and TV series that explore impactful true-life stories. The app is free to use and offers a simple interface that allows users to browse titles by category and read a synopsis of each film.
Many documentary films rely on first-hand accounts from people who have experienced the events or issues being filmed. They also use archival footage or other secondary sources to help viewers understand the topic at hand.
The Docurama app is part of a larger collection of Cinedigm Corp. digital channels, which includes lifestyle network CONtv and the faith-based Dove Channel. Those channels are available on Comcast Corp.’s Xfinity X1 platform for a monthly fee. The service is available on more than 165 million devices, including connected televisions (Samsung, Sony, RCA), set-top boxes (Roku and Tivo Roamio) and tablets.
HBO is a premium cable network that has long produced world-class documentary films. Its docs range from true-crime to social justice and exposes.
Its acclaimed docuseries include Band of Brothers about the company that fought with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II and John Adams about America’s second president. The network has also aired many movies and made many original series, including Seth Rogen’s comedy Search Party and three-part Amy Schumer documentary Expecting Amy.
In addition to its regular one-hour documentaries, it has created a number of recurring series such as Real Sex (frank explorations on a variety of mainstream and non-mainstream sexual topics) and Autopsy (forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden examines criminal and suspicious deaths). The service’s HBO Max streaming platform offers access to many of the channel’s best nonfiction titles.
Dedicated to the best in documentary filmmaking, DocCom TV highlights the real-life stories that inspire and motivate audiences. It features the most creative, informative, and provocative documentaries from every era. It also includes foreign and domestic projects that explore a variety of topics and perspectives.
DocCom TV is a curated subscription video on demand (SVoD) channel aimed at passionate documentary fans. Its content is sourced from the world’s top production houses, ensuring quality and reliability. Its unique aggregation approach means users get the highest quality content at the lowest price.
GONE TV will join the family of networks from TV4 Entertainment on Amazon Prime’s SVoD add-on service, including Motorland TV (Motors), Throwback Network (Sports), Nautical Mile TV (Boating), and DocCom TV (Documentaries). This makes TV4 Entertainment the leading provider of networks for this ‘add on’ subscription video on demand platform.
Paramount+ offers a wide selection of movies, including recent releases that haven’t yet hit theaters. It also features a number of popular TV series, including iCarly and the Yellowstone prequel 1883. The service also has a few exclusive series, like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and The Good Fight.
Unlike other streaming services, Paramount Plus allows you to stream up to three shows at once. It also offers a robust selection of original movies and TV shows, including documentaries and sports. You can even watch some live sports events on the platform.
Paramount Plus was formerly known as CBS All Access, but the service has expanded its content offerings significantly since that time. It now includes a full CBS live stream (CBS, CBSN, and CBS Sports HQ), along with entertainment coverage from ET.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a virtual warehouse of great TV shows and movies, including original series from Amazon Studios and major studios. It also includes a variety of documentaries. You can stream in up to 4K resolution, and some titles support advanced audio formats like Dolby Atmos.
One unique feature is X-Ray, which shows you information about the actors who appear in a film or show simply by pausing it. The feature is powered by IMDb, and it’s a great way to discover other films or shows that may interest you.
Another advantage is that you can download Amazon Prime videos for offline viewing. This is especially useful if you’re traveling or if your Wi-Fi connection is unstable. You can download up to two titles at a time.