June 5, 2018
Acorn TV, the British-centric SVOD service owned by RLJ Entertainment, is expanding its footprint via Roku to Latin America.
The $4.99 monthly service is now available inArgentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru through Roku or Acorn.TV.
“One of our top 2018 priorities is accelerating our expansion of our distribution footprint, and Acorn TV’s launch in Latin America with our partner Roku is another step in this progression,” Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJ Entertainment, said in a statement.
Penella said the expansion would help Acorn TV achieve its goal of generating 1 million subscribers by 2019.
Acorn TV is as old as Netflix, relaunching as a standalone over-the-top video service in 2013. It ended 2017 with more than 500,000 subscribers.
Original programs include BBC comedy “Detectorists,” new ITV drama “Girlfriends,” and the return of Irish drama, “Striking Out.” Other programs feature new seasons of Aussie period drama, “A Place to Call Home,” British drama “Delicious,” Aussie medical dramedy, “The Heart Guy,” dramedy “800 Words,” as well as long-running mysteries, “Midsomer Murders,” “Jack Irish,” starring Guy Pearce, “Murdoch Mysteries,” and “The Brokenwood Mysteries.”
RLJ Entertainment is majority owned (on paper) by AMC Networks.