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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:

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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