Acorn TV is an American subscription streaming service offering television programming from the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It is available on a variety of devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Acorn TV is owned by RLJ Entertainment, Inc. Acorn Media Group has distributed British television in the United States since 1994, originally selling VHS tapes before moving into DVD and Blu-ray media. Continuing the company's expansion into new formats, Acorn TV launched as a subsection of Acorn's direct-to-consumer e-commerce website in 2011. In 2013, Acorn TV was relaunched as a standalone service with expanded content offerings and monthly and annual subscription options. In 2013, the service began offering exclusive content, starting with the US premiere of Doc Martin, Series 6. In 2015, Acorn TV was the only niche streaming service to have a program nominated for an Emmy when Curtain: Poirot's Last Case was nominated for Best Television Movie. As of December 31, 2016, it had 430,000 paid subscribers.
Acorn TV offers a combination of new and classic mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries. The service licenses content from producers and distributors including ITV, Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, All3Media, DRG, ZDF, and Content Media Corp.
Because its parent company, RLJ Entertainment, has a 64% stake in Agatha Christie Limited, the licensing arm of the Christie estate, Acorn TV was able to offer the US premieres of the final episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot in summer 2014, BBC co-production Partners in Crime in September 2015, and The Witness for the Prosecution in 2017.
Since its launch, Acorn TV has offered the US premieres of some or all seasons of British series including Detectorists, Vera, Inspector George Gently, and Midsomer Murders. After initially focusing exclusively on programming from the United Kingdom, Acorn TV expanded its content offering to include programs from other territories, including Australia's A Place to Call Home, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Jack Irish, and Janet King, New Zealand's The Brokenwood Mysteries and 800 Words, Canada's Murdoch Mysteries and 19-2, and Ireland's Clean Break and Striking Out. In 2015, the service began offering foreign-language dramas. The service also offers a selection of documentaries, including historical, travel, arts, and science titles.
- "Acorn TV toasts Agatha Christie with launch of original series". StreamDaily. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- Yahr, Emily (2011-11-29). "Silver Spring-based Acorn Media streams British TV classics". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Acorn TV streaming British television favorites". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "ACORN TV INCREASES PROGRAMMING AND EXCLUSIVES FOR ITS "BEST BRITISH TV" STREAMING SERVICE". CinemaRetro. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Brit TV News: Doc Martin Series 6 Set to Premiere on Acorn TV October 7th!". Anglotopia.net. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- The New York Times (2015-07-16). "Emmy Awards 2015: Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- [dead link]
- "BBC One, Lifetime Partner To Remake Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'". Deadline. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery". NPR. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Murder mysteries abound in exclusive Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "What's New On Acorn TV January 2017: Agatha Christie, 'Murdoch Mysteries', and More". Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go. 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- Jensen, Elizabeth (2012-03-25). "Acorn Media Cashing In on British Revivals". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Understated Detective Wraps It Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Acorn TV Is Doing Originals Now Because There's No Such Thing as Too Many British Shows". Decider. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- Writer, David Hinckley (2016-11-12). "1946 Acorn Drama Close to the Enemy Weighs Valuable Scientific Assets vs. Nazi War Criminals". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (2016-04-19). "Acorn Media Boards ITV Thriller 'The Level' As North American Co-Producer". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (2016-08-22). "Acorn Falls For Irish Drama 'Striking Out' In Co-Production Deal". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- "British 'Detectorists' on Acorn TV uncovers a comedy treasure". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Acorn TV announces the returns of BAFTA-winning comedy DETECTORISTS, Series 2 and British crime drama VERA, Series 6 | Broadcasting & Cable". www.broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "TV picks: 'Modern Family,' 'Inspector George Gently,' 'Orphan Black'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- O'Keefe, Meghan. "'Midsomer Murders': Is Rural England The Most Dangerous Place On Television?". Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "'A Place To Call Home': 7 reasons to watch Australia's sexiest period soap". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "'Jack Irish': The Guy Pearce Comeback You Didn't Know You Wanted". Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- "'Janet King': A Legal Drama With A Striking Star". Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- Genzlinger, Neil (2015-12-25). "A Global TV Tour via Streaming: England, Australia and New Zealand". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- Hale, Mike (2016-09-04). "Review: In '800 Words,' a Widowed Father of Teenagers Uproots the Family". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
- "Blu-ray Review: Murdoch Mysteries, Series 5". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- Genzlinger, Neil (2016-01-17). "Review: '19-2,' a Police Drama on Acorn TV, Is a Slow Burn". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Acorn TV | Clean Break". acorn.tv. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (22 August 2016). "Acorn Falls For Irish Drama 'Striking Out' In Co-Production Deal". Deadline. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- "Critics' picks: Romanian TV miniseries 'Umbre' shines". star-telegram. Retrieved 2016-03-03.