- Few major award-winning documentaries or well-known titles
- Limited accessibility features
Kanopy isn’t the only free video streaming service, but it offers the most high-quality documentaries and films of any of them. Another Editors’ Choice winner, Peacock, includes lots of mainstream movies and network TV shows—some of their documentaries.
MagellanTV Documentaries v2.1.35 build 401 Mod Apk is available on mobile platforms (Android and iOS), media streaming devices (Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku), and smart TVs (LG, Samsung, Vizio, and those powered by Vewd OS).
MagellanTV is currently missing support for game consoles, however. PBS Documentaries is available on more platforms because you subscribe to it through Prime Video.
Signing up for MagellanTV Documentaries Mod Apk v2.1.35 build 401 was very straightforward. I provided my account and payment details, chose a plan, and immediately got access to MagellanTV’s free trial period.
MagellanTV’s web interface is easy to navigate and each section of the main page highlights a different genre. At the top of the page, there’s a navigation bar to help you narrow down your search and find what you really want to watch. The site also includes regularly updated and interesting articles about every topic from cosmology to technology.
If you need to take a break from a film, the service keeps track of where you left off with a Keep Watching feature that’s similar to the one that Netflix offers. You can also rate each program, as well as add movies and shows to a watchlist. Unlike with Shudder and Mubi, you cannot leave comments on what you watch.
If you ever want to cancel your MagellanTV subscription, the process is painless. Click on the profile icon in the top right corner of the website’s home page, scroll down to the Membership section, and click the large, blue Cancel Subscription button. To resume your subscription, click the blue Resume Subscription button.
I had no trouble downloading and signing in to the MagellanTV app on my iPhone running iOS 14.4. The mobile interface looks just like the website, with a dark background and coloured thumbnails. I like the Related Content section on each video’s landing page that recommends other films and episodes based on the content’s genre.
As mentioned, MagellanTV Documentaries v2.1.35 build 401 Mod Apk enables you to download movies and shows so you can watch them wherever you don’t have a stable Wi-Fi connection. You can choose to download films and episodes in full HD (highest quality), HD (medium quality), or SD (low quality).
For reference, I downloaded a 38-minute title at the highest quality in one minute over my home Wi-Fi connection (450Mpbs download). If you’re streaming or downloading video on a mobile device, make sure you are using a Wi-Fi connection or have an unlimited data plan; streaming video uses a lot of data.
MagellanTV’s playback interface is a bit bare-bones but functional. Aside from the standard playback and volume controls, you can toggle closed captions and select the streaming resolution. Other services, including IFC Films Unlimited and PBS Documentaries (both of which are Prime Video Channels), feature the IMDb-powered X-Ray overlay, which lists cast information and other tidbits about a film or episode.
Some of MagellanTV Documentaries v2.1.35 build 401 Mod Apk older documentaries are not available in 4K, but most of the newer ones are, including those with sweeping overhead shots of locales and stunning views of space. The playback audio quality sounded crisp, too. Apple TV+’s series and films are also all available in 4K.
For reference, I tested MagellanTV’s streaming performance over a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi connection on mobile. I watched a documentary called Toumai: The Oldest Living Ancestor without any problems. I also seamlessly resumed playback on my mobile phone partway through the documentary.
MagellanTV supports five simultaneous streams per account, which is excellent. Kanopy technically offers an unlimited number of simultaneous streams per account, whereas PBS Documentaries limits subscribers to three concurrent streams. In the future, it would be nice to see something similar to the watch party features that Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu offer.
Accessibility and Parental Controls
MagellanTV offers closed captions on every documentary I tried, but most are English-only and, unlike with Amazon Prime Video, you can’t adjust the font size or colour of the captions. None of MagellanTV’s titles currently support audio descriptions for the visually impaired, something that Apple TV+, Netflix, and Prime Video all offer.
Neither Kanopy nor PBS Documentaries support audio descriptions. This is an accessibility feature that we appreciate, and we definitely credit services that add it to their offering, as HBO Max recently did.
The content offered on MagellanTV rarely goes beyond a G parental rating. Nonetheless, there are no parental control options and there isn’t a way to create multiple profiles per account. Disney+ enables you to create up to six profiles per account and restrict any of them to content suitable for children. Kanopy has a dedicated section for kids, too.
MagellanTV and VPN
A VPN can keep your information private while you browse, and unlike some other services, MagellanTV Documentaries v2.1.35 build 401 Mod Apk works just fine over a VPN connection in my tests. I connected my devices to both US- and Japan-based ProtonVPN servers during my review period and encountered no problems streaming content from the service.
Even if you find that your VPN and video streaming service work without issues for now, that’s no guarantee that they will in the future. We recommend you choose a VPN based on other factors such as trustworthiness, value, and security features, instead.
MagellanTV Documentaries v2.1.35 build 401 Mod Apk library of 3,000 documentaries is sure to impress documentary fans, especially as many are in 4K. However, its under-the-radar titles may not appeal to those looking for the most popular documentaries.