Acorn TV

Review: Acorn TV


The Basics

Acorn TV is bringing classic and current British television to a wider audience with their streaming service. With a clean and simple interface, Acorn makes it easy to find the TV show, feature film, or documentary you’re looking for, without taking the time to scroll through endless menus and searching through dozens of genres.

The Watchlist feature makes it easy to keep track of the content you’re interested in, so you’ll never miss an episode of your favorite show. Acorn also has a Recently Watched section, so you can go back to find the content you’ve previously watched.

The company, originally a distributor of physical media products, launched it’s streaming service in 2013. Since then, Acorn has listened to subscribers and made improvements to the service, creating a user friendly set up with an impressive library of content that was previously much more difficult for audiences outside of the UK to access.

Acorn TV is available in the US and Canada.

Supported Devices

With an internet connection and a supported device, you can watch hundreds of popular British programs and Acorn exclusives. You can access Acorn TV on the following devices:

  • Laptops, desktops, and tablets with browsers (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • iPhone devices
  • Android devices
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV

Unlike other streaming services, Acorn TV does not offer the option to download content to watch later without an internet connection.

Plans and Pricing

Acorn TV currently has only one plan available for $4.99/month or for $49.99/year after the one week free trial.  Acorn also offers the option to gift a one year subscription for $49.99.

Acorn TV is also available as an add-on channel with an Amazon Prime Video subscription. As with the standalone service, the add-on channel costs $4.99/month after a one week free trial.

What to Watch

When browsing the content library on Acorn TV, you’ll find classic programming, current TV shows, feature films, documentaries, and exclusive content. New episodes of current shows are added on Mondays.

Look for past seasons of viewer favorites like Poldark, Doc Martin, and Midsomer Murders. After you binge watch the classics, check out the consistently updated new content. Fans of Agatha Christie will find some solid murder mystery content, while those who are still missing Downton Abbey will find plenty of period dramas to get swept up in.

The service isn’t exclusively for British TV. You’ll also find some gems from Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, and more.  Australian soap operas and Scandinavian are especially popular with viewers.

A few British TV favorites are missing, notably, BBC shows like Dr. Who and Sherlock. A limited amount of British content can also be found on Hulu and Netflix. However, Acorn does have a good selection of exclusive content to offer. You’ll have access to dramas, comedies, and documentaries in the library that you won’t find elsewhere. Some Acorn exclusives include the Agatha Raisin series, Jamaica Inn starring Jessica Brown Findlay, and the Australian series A Place to Call Home.

For those who are new to British TV, along with those who want to revisit their favorite characters and stories, Acorn TV is a great addition to a cord cutter’s setup.

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  • Andrew Lindeman

    How does it compare to BritBox for shows and value?

    • James Dandy

      Content wise I guess it depends on your individual taste. We had both services and dropped BritBox because it seemed a large percentage of their programs were very old (70s, 80s, 90s) and some were only available for such a short period you would need to binge watch in order to see the complete series. “Holby City” for example. At the time we were subscribers they offered two series. We started watching it almost daily and 3/4 of the way through the second series it shows up as leaving soon and a couple of days later it’s gone. Other programs would only have a single season.
      As for Acorn, we have been generally pleased with what they offer for the price. My wife enjoys murder mysteries and Acorn has a ton – Murdoch, Vera, Midsomer, Foyle’s War, Miss Fisher’s, Republic of Doyle, etc. And some very well made exclusives, Loch Ness for example. So for a lousy $50 a year we’ve been very pleased. You can view both services programs at their respective websites and come to your own conclusion.

    • grinlap

      We’ve had an Acorn subscription for a few years now and are very pleased. Lots of Brit detective shows that I like – George Gently, Foyle’s War, etc. Some shows you don’t see anywhere else – A Place to Call Home, 800 Words; both from Australia. And some oddball comedies like The Detectorists or Black Books. The accent is a little hard to deal with until you get used to it but when they use local slang I’m out to lunch.
      I looked at the shows on the Britbox web site but thought they were less interesting to me. Being a senior myself I prefer non-violent shows with older characters who aren’t out to prove how macho they are. Acorn seems to have the edge there. You may feel otherwise of course.
      I’ve had no problems with streaming Acorn. It doesn’t excessively buffer or drop out and the price is pretty cheap.

  • Andrew Lindeman

    Thanks a bunch to both of you for your helpful posts!

  • Thanks for this post on Acorn TV, one of my favorite streaming services. Much better content than BritBox, IMHO, and less expensive.

    Acorn currently has exclusive rights to the newest season of Vera (Season 7), in addition to other great and beautifully filmed UK mystery series like Single-Handed, Loch Ness and more.

    A word of CAUTION, however, on subscription prices: if you subscribe through iTunes via Apple TV or your iOS device, you’ll end up paying a full 40% more – $6.99/month instead of the standard $4.99/month. Apple takes a large bite of Acorn subscription fees.

    This is mentioned in the FAQ section on the Acorn website. So it’s best to sign up directly through the Acorn website, then use your login credentials to access the service via your Apple devices. See screenshot below.

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  • donald

    I have both acorn and britbox, but i like britbox better, because they have doctor who, and more british comedies and scifi stuff i watch, but acorn is good for british mysteries, and doc martin.