- US streamer Acorn TV enters the UK on 29 April
- Exclusive new programmes released every subsequent Monday
- Acorn TV GM: “Acorn TV will make an excellent add-on to British consumers’ streaming options”
North American streaming service for British and international TV will launch in the UK on 29 April with a slate of content to rival the likes of BritBox and broadcasters on-demand services.
The Acorn TV brand successfully curates and distributes best-selling dramas, mysteries and other genres from around the world with a special focus on British television.
The streamer boasts more than one million paid subscribers in the US after it launched in 2011. It pioneered a path for specialised streamers with commissioning, co-producing and licensing of a wide range of productions from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, among others.
After its UK launch on 29 April, consumers will be able to watch the service online free for a 30-day trial on Roku, Fire TV, Android and Apple mobile and Apple TV Channels. Acorn TV will also be coming soon to Amazon’s Prime Video Channels.
Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the UK-based development division for the streamer, said: “We are extremely excited for UK viewers to get the opportunity to see the wonderful Queens of Mystery filmed in the beautiful countryside of Kent, as well as several other productions later this year, including Irish period mystery series Dead Still and New Zealand thriller The Sounds, among many others. We continue to greatly expand our commission and co-production slate.”
Acorn TV will add exclusive new programmes every subsequent Monday, and all programmes will include English subtitles. After the free trial, Acorn TV will be £4.99 per month or £49.99 per year.
Matthew Graham, general manager, Acorn TV, said: “Acorn TV has been phenomenally successful in North America, and we’re excited to bring our slate of exceptional programming from around the world to UK viewers.
“The UK has a long-standing tradition of producing first-rate dramas and mysteries, so we’re thrilled to feature so many popular, award-winning programs in one place like ITV’s Foyle’s War and BBC’s Keeping Faith, as well as introduce UK audiences to the charming, British-produced Acorn TV original Queens of Mystery.
“For the last eight years, Acorn TV has curated and produced the very best in global television with a diverse mix of shows from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Scandinavia with the singular focus of satisfying a rapidly growing fanbase seeking high quality mysteries and dramas,” he continued. “As one of the best values in television, Acorn TV will make an excellent add-on to British consumers’ streaming options.”
Acorn TV will feature star-studded ITV drama Girlfriends; New Zealand detective drama Harry starring Sam Neill and Oscar Kightley; the first two series of popular ITV period drama The Bletchley Circle; Scandinavian crime drama Black Widows; BAFTA-award winning BBC drama Accused; ITV crime drama Above Suspicion; charming Australian mystery series Mr. & Mrs. Murder; classic Irish period drama The Irish RM; BBC miniseries The Great Train Robbery; Irish detective drama Jack Taylor starring Iain Glen(Game of Thrones); award-winning Australian drama Deep Water; the complete Australian crime drama East West 101; all five series of popular ITV cop drama The Commander; Australian comedy Sando; BBC miniseries The Last Enemy starring Benedict Cumberbatch; Irish legal drama Striking Out starring Amy Huberman; ITV drama The Level; Australian thriller Winter/The Killing Field starring Rebecca Gibney.
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