NASA is joining the "plus" streaming bandwagon with its announcement of NASA+, a new ad-free streaming service set to launch later this year. The service will provide viewers with live coverage of future launches, documentaries, and new original series exclusive to the platform.
"We're transforming our digital presence to help us better share stories of NASA's exploration of the unknown in air and space, the inspiration drawn from discovery, and our innovations that benefit humanity," said Marc Etkind, NASA's associate administrator of communications. "With NASA+, we're putting space on demand and at your fingertips."
The NASA+ service will be accessible via the NASA app on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, and streaming media players including Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV. It will also be available on the web through the agency's newly updated beta website, a hub for information about NASA's missions and research, climate data, Artemis updates, and more.
The updated nasa.gov and science.nasa.gov websites will offer a topic-driven experience, featuring a unified search engine and integrated navigation. The agency currently utilizes NASA TV for its video content and launch streams. By launching its own streaming service, NASA is carving out a dedicated space for viewers to access its content.
"Modernizing our primary websites and streamlining public engagement with our online content are the first steps toward making NASA's information more accessible, discoverable, and secure," NASA CIO Jeff Seaton said in a press release.
Though the design of the streaming service is still under wraps, it's anticipated that the agency's focus on modernizing and streamlining its content will result in an interface similar to familiar streaming services.