What is MagellanTV?

MagellanTV is a streaming video service dedicated to bringing the finest high-quality documentaries to a global audience. The service is for active seekers of information determined to know how the world works and how we got to where we are. They are, by nature, attracted to documentaries that tell the great stories of History, Science, and Civilization.

Why MagellanTV?

When we look at the world, we see a perfect storm of shifting audience tastes, improvements in technology, and changes to the media landscape. We know audiences worldwide are voicing a demand for a greater selection of high-quality programming based on the best insights of historians and scientists. MagellanTV meets this demand by offering what we call “Television Worth Watching.”

How Many Programs do you Have?

Right now, MagellanTV streams over 3,000 documentaries acquired from the best filmmakers and documentary networks around the world. We add new shows every week and have a program lineup with a wide range of specially curated playlists and featured movies and series.

How Do I Subscribe to the Service?

We suggest you sign up on our website: magellantv.com. You will be prompted to choose between monthly, quarterly, or annual plans. Choose "annual" for the best value. If you are not quite ready, you can use the “Browse” button to enter the site to look over the content and watch any video for 5 minutes.

The MagellanTV app is available as a mobile Android or iOS app on The App Store and Google Play and a TV app on Roku and FireTV. These apps allow you to subscribe “In-App” through their native billing systems.

Is MagellanTV Worth It?

MagellanTV is the perfect destination for life-long learners and those who cherish high-quality documentaries. Here's why MagellanTV stands out:

  1. Exceptional Value: With a free trial of 7 days for monthly memberships and an extended 14-day trial for annual memberships, you can explore our vast library before making a decision. Plus, our annual memberships come with a 20% discount, offering both longer trial periods and better value.

  2. Quality Over Quantity: We focus on "documentaries worth watching". If you're a "discovery channel refugee" craving the informative, engaging style of documentaries that you can no longer find, MagellanTV is the refuge you've been searching for.

  3. 4K as Standard: Unlike other streaming platforms, all our plans come with 4K viewing options at no extra charge. You shouldn't have to pay more to experience the documentary as the filmmaker intended.

  4. Global Curation: We pride ourselves on sourcing and curating the best documentaries from around the globe. Our platform not only brings unique stories and viewpoints to the fore, but also champions diverse and international filmmakers.

  5. Smart Educational Entertainment: If you value meaningful TV time, MagellanTV offers the perfect blend of education and entertainment.

At MagellanTV, you won't find the sea of cheap reality TV series that flood many streaming platforms. Instead, we are the haven for genuine, high-quality documentaries. If it's substance over sensationalism you're after, then you're in the right place. Dive into a curated world of intelligent content that awaits curious minds like yours.


How Much Does MagellanTV Cost?

We offer three membership plans depending on the length of the membership. The best value is our annual plan, which costs $59.88 USD every 12 months. This works out to be $4.99 per month. Next is our monthly plan, which costs $5.99 per month. While it doesn't offer the discount of the annual plan, it has the most flexibility as you pay month to month. You can see the details and select your plan here.

What payment types do you accept? 

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and PayPal.  You can also join us through a third-party in-app platform such as Apple (iTunes), Google Play, Roku, and FireTV.  Note: Credit card issuers of prepaid and gift cards may restrict purchases with recurring charges.  Please check with your issuer if your payment type isn't working. 

Is There a Free Trial Period?

We offer a 7-day free trial to those who sign up for a monthly plan and a 14-day free trial for a quarterly or annual commitment. We are convinced that you will want to subscribe when you experience the depth and quality of our programs. You may cancel at any time during the free trial to avoid being billed, and you can continue to enjoy MagellanTV until the trial is over. Once the trial ends, you will be billed at the cost of your selected plan. Please note we do not offer refunds for partial time.

How Do I Cancel My Subscription?

If you just aren’t into great docs, no worries. Just go to the website, sign in under your user name and password, then go to the profile icon on the upper right (the figure of a person). There is a cancel button within the menu. Remember, your cancellation will apply to the next billing cycle. We do not offer refunds on subscription amounts already paid.

If you have subscribed to “In-App,” go to your platform account page to cancel. Here are some instructions for your particular platform. Android, iTunes, Roku, FireTV

How Can I Watch MagellanTV?

We've made it easy for you to access MagellanTV on your devices that connect to the internet.  If It's a PC, SmartTV, mobile device, plug-in, or casting, we work hard to get you connected!

On your personal computer, find us on your favorite browser at magellantv.com

SmartTVs: LG (2018 and newer); Vizio (Some D & E series, and newer); Sony (Find our app in the Google Play Store); AppleTV (Minimum tvOS is 12.0); Samsung (Some 2017 models, and newer).  Notes:  Vizio loads apps at manufacture.  If you can't find our app, please try casting!  Samsung app is only available in the US market at this time.   

Mobile apps:  We have an app for Android phone/tablet (Version 8 to the current version) and iPhone/iPad (iOS 12 to the current version). 

Plug-in Devices:  Roku; FireTV (OS 6 & 7); AppleTV (4th and 5th generation); AndroidTV; and any TV with these devices built into the TV. 

Casting: Any Chromecast device; FireTV; Roku: Samsung (2017 and newer); LG (2016 and newer); Vizio; and AndroidTV.  

Can I Cast MagellanTV from my Mobile Device to my TV?

Glad you asked. MagellanTV is programmed to cast to any connected TV. Just press the casting icon at the top right within the mobile app. You will be prompted to choose whether to watch with your mobile device or your television within your local network. Choose your television and press play. Simple as that.

There Are no Devices Listed Under Your Casting Feature!

Our casting works by scanning your Wi-Fi for connected televisions, so make sure your phone and target device are on the same network and that you are logged in. Please note that currently, you must have an active membership to enjoy casting.

Is MagellanTV Available Outside the US?

MagellanTV is available in every connected corner of planet Earth. However, because of restrictions on the rights to some programs, not all shows are available in every country. We are constantly working with partners to expand the availability of our shows.

How Do You Acquire Your Programs?

We have built amazing relationships across the world with filmmakers, producers, and distributors of great documentaries and historical dramas to give our subscribers access to the very best shows available. We are very selective of what we put up on the service, so we may not cover every interest. Let us know what you’d like to learn more about, and we’ll see what we can do.

What Makes MagellanTV Different From Other Streaming Services?

When you enter the world of MagellanTV, you’ll find documentary collections that are deeper and broader than just about any other streaming service available. Our greatest strengths lie in History and Science, with extensive collections in the areas of war, ancient history, current history, culture, and the roots of the modern world. Don’t forget to check out our line-up of Historical Dramas, as well as our unparalleled collection of space-science shows.

We invite you to dig deeper still. We are big fans of documentaries that recount famous crimes and explore the criminal mind, as well as the wacky worlds of paranormal and alien obsessions. We have a feeling that once you get started with MagellanTV, you’ll get as hooked as we are on great documentaries.

What About 4K/Ultra High Def?

With the cost of 4K televisions going down, more and more people are getting them. We are strongly committed to supporting this technology with super high-quality shows that will thrill audiences with exceptional viewing experiences. MagellanTV features a growing slate of 4K shows, especially in the genres of space and nature, and we expect that growth to accelerate.

What Makes the Design of MagellanTV Special?

We have spent over a year designing and building an elegant user interface that allows for fast, easy access to our entire library. We created multiple and different pathways to help you find the programs you want to see. You’ll quickly become familiar with the layout, from the featured, new, and trending listings to your personal lists of Keep Watching and Watchlist.  We think you’ll especially enjoy our curated playlist section. If you are looking for something in particular, the entire collection is searchable by keywords.