Smithsonian Channel Screenings
Showing a Smithsonian Channel program is an easy way to bring the Smithsonian to your neighborhood. As part of a Smithsonian Affiliation, Affiliate organizations have access to the Channel’s award-winning programming on popular topics such as air and space, history, science, nature and pop culture.
Affiliates can request a program to complement an exhibition, to be a stand-alone event, or to celebrate a heritage month. Screenings may be in-person, purely digital, or a hybrid event. It’s a great way to highlight the Affiliate partnership with the Smithsonian.
Screening rules and restrictions apply. This benefit is for current Smithsonian Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, please visit our Applying for Affiliation pages.
The process is easy:
- Browse the list of licensed, available programs to make your selection. View selected programs by holiday or browse the full list of available titles.
- Plan in advance. Please allow a minimum of 8 weeks advance notice for approval. Please note- programs are currently only available in MP4 format. DVDs and BluRay are not available until further notice.
- Fill out the Smithsonian Channel Screening Request. Please note- if requesting multiple programs, please submit one form for each program you are interested in.
- Publicize the screening and program only after receiving written approval and a license from the Smithsonian Channel.
If you have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee, (202) 633-5304; BugbeeE@si.edu
Please note, until further notice, Smithsonian Channel programs will only be available in MP4 file format. DVD and Bluray format will not be produced. Please contact us if you need to test an MP4 file before requesting a program.
How much does it cost to screen a Smithsonian Channel program?
There is no cost to a current Smithsonian Affiliate for screening a Smithsonian Channel program.
Can my organization charge a fee for visitors to see the Smithsonian Channel program?
No. The Affiliate organization may not charge an additional fee for screening Smithsonian Channel content. The screening may be included as part of regular admission, but it cannot be a separate charge.
How many times can we show the Smithsonian Channel program?
Smithsonian Affiliates can screen the program as many times as they’d like within the dates outlined in the approved license agreement. For dates outside of the original approved license, the Affiliate must submit a new request.
What platform can I stream a Channel program on?
The preferred streaming platform for Smithsonian Channel programming is Zoom. If you cannot use zoom and need to stream on an alternate platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, please contact email@example.com. These platforms require whitelisting or may not be suitable for screening.
Do we need to return the DVD once the screening is over?
2021 UPDATE: Currently the Smithsonian Channel is not producing DVDs. Channel programs will only be provided in MP4 format unless otherwise noted. DVDs do not have to be returned once the screening is over. The Affiliate should destroy the DVDs unless they plan to request additional screening dates. If requesting new dates, a new form must be submitted for a new license to be approved.
Is the program closed captioned?
Closed captioning is automatically included in all Smithsonian Channel programming. Closed captioning is not able to be disabled.
Are there any promotional materials to help spread the word about the screening?
The Smithsonian Channel will provide marketing materials once the signed license agreements have been submitted. Any and all promotional material must be reviewed by the Channel before printing, publishing, posting, etc. Please allow 3 business days for materials to be approved. Affiliates should send drafts to their National Outreach Manager or Elizabeth Bugbee for approval.