Smithsonian Channel is one of the pay-TV channels that come under the wing of Paramount Global. It is one of the Roku-compatible channels that deal with history-related stuff. Unlike its other sister channels, it streams non-fictional content related to history, culture, exploration, and science inspired by museums, research facilities, and magazines.


Smithsonian Channel requires a TV Service provider subscription to watch on Roku. As we are streaming Smithsonian Channel from satellite/cable service providers, the price of each provider differs. After getting a pay TV connection, we can activate and stream all the programs on the channel.

Note: You can watch the channel’s content for free on its official website

How to Access Smithsonian Channel on Roku

You can get the Smithsonian Channel app in two ways, and they are

Add Smithsonian Channel on Roku Device

Smithsonian Channel is obtainable from Roku Channel Store for free. To add it,

[1] Connect Roku to the internet and navigate to its Home menu.

[2] There select the Streaming Channels option.

Streaming Channels
[3] Then scroll down to the Search channels option and type Smithsonian Channel in the search bar using the virtual keyboard.

Search Smithsonian Channel on Roku
[4] From the search result, locate the app and enter its channel info page.

[5] Click the Add Channel button and download the channel on your Roku.

[6] After downloading, select Go to Channel and launch the channel.

Install Smithsonian Channel from Roku Website

You can also install the Smithsonian Channel without even turning your Roku device on using Roku’s Channel Store website using the same Roku account credentials and the following steps.

[1] Open any device’s browser and visit the Roku Channel Store website.

[2] Click the Sign in option at the top right and log in with your Roku account credentials.

Sign in Roku
[3] Now, use the Search channel box and search for Smithsonian Channel.

Search Smithsonian Channel on Roku website

 [4] Choose the app from the search results and click the Add channel button on the website.

Smithsonian Channel on Roku
[5] After a few seconds, the channel will be added to your Roku account.

Note: The added channel will display on your Roku device only after 24 hours. To get the channel immediately, update Roku.

How to Activate Smithsonian Channel on Roku

After adding the Smithsonian Channel to your Roku, we shall proceed to the activation process to stream the channel.

[1] Open the Smithsonian Channel.

[2] Select the Login or Sign in button and log in with your account credentials.

[3] An Activation code will appear on your TV screen; note it down.

[4] Now open a web browser on any device and enter into the Smithsonian Channel activation website.

[5] Enter the noted activation code in the Enter code below box and your pay-TV credentials there if asked.

Activate Smithsonian Channel on Roku
[6] After logging in, Smithsonian Channel’s content will automatically load on Roku, and you can start watching it.

Alternative Sources to Stream Smithsonian Channel

Apart from a dedicated Roku channel, you can stream Smithsonian Channel on Roku from certain streaming services. The following are the channels available on Roku’s Channel Store that feature Smithsonian Channel.


Hulu is a sought-after platform offering its service in the United States and some parts of Japan. It streams the latest movies, TV shows, Hulu Originals, and regular channels. It offers three types of subscription plans. Smithsonian Channel is available within its Hulu + Live TV plan. With this plan, you can record and store Live TV shows for up to nine months.

Subscription PlanHulu + Live TV
Subscription Cost$69.99 per month
Free TrialNo Free Trial
No. of Channels75+
Other ChannelsMTV, OWN, TBS, TNT
Cloud DVRUnlimited
Simultaneous Streams2 Users


fuboTV is one of the best streaming services to stream all your favorite live news and sports events. It is like exclusively built for sports with a sports channel-heavy library. fuboTV also carries Smithsonian Channel in its Pro plan. You can prefer this service if you prefer watching the news and sports TV channels.

Subscription PlanPro plan
Subscription Price$69.99
Free Trial7 days
No of Channels90+
Other ChannelsNBCNFL, MLB
Cloud DVR1000 hours
Simultaneous Streamsup to 10 devices

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a significant streaming platform in the US that offers all major channels on news, entertainment, live national & local sports, and more, including Smithsonian Channel. New subscribers will get $30 off for the first 3 months from the subscription cost. A highlight among YouTube TV‘s extensive features is you can get 6 accounts to share with your household.

YouTube TV
Subscription PlanBasic
Subscription Price$54.99/month
Free Trial60 days
No of Channels100+
Other ChannelsAMC, Disney Channel, Freeform, Comedy Central
Cloud DVR Unlimited
Simultaneous Streams3 devices


Which pay-TV providers offer Smithsonian Channel?

Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, DirecTV, Xstream, Verizon, Frontier, and Dish are the pay-TV providers carrying Smithsonian Channel in their channel offering.