Our friends at Acorn Media have announced that they’ve changed AcornTV – for the better. For those that don’t know, AcornTV is a streaming service offering up British TV from Acorn Media’s extensive rights archives.
We’ve been fans of this service for ages. But it always suffered from one drawback, the shows were only available for a limited time, so if you didn’t watch them to their schedule, you’d be out of luck and the shows changed about once a month. It was confusing and not very user friendly.
Well, now Acorn Media, which is under new ownership has completely overhauled the entire service from stem to stern and it has changed its business model. From now on, it will act as an archive of their British TV content, with over 60 shows available at launch, with 6 new shows added every month.
This means that AcornTV will now be more like Netflix and you can watch your favorite British shows and discover new ones whenever you like.
Highlights of the new launch:
- With the increased availability of content, Acorn TV will be $4.99/month or $49.99/year, though it’s on sale at $2.99/month or $29.99/year until Sept. 2nd. Acorn TV subscribers also receive free shipping on all orders from Acorn’s distinctive merchandise catalog and website, www.AcornOnline.com.
- Coming this fall, Acorn TV will feature the exclusive U.S. premiere of the new Series 6 of Acorn’s newest best-selling series and public TV sensation Doc Martin. In the U.K., Doc Martin is ITV’s highest-rated drama series with more than 10 million viewers, while in the U.S., it’s the #1 series on many public television stations and has millions of viewers across the country. The new episodes will debut soon after their UK broadcast long before they air on PBS.
- Previously, Acorn TV streamed a full season of 18 rotating series; moving forward, Acorn TV will add at least six new and classic series each month, as well as offering a catalog of 65 series for catch-up viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV also continues to offer a free 30-day trial.
So, good news all around. It’s particularly exciting that they’ll have the new episodes of Doc Martin before they air on PBS next year. We use AcornTV on our Roku box and it’s awesome. We’ve played around with the new service and we’re very impressed.