AMC Networks’ Acorn TV Streaming Service Tops 1 Million Subs

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV streaming video service, which features British and international episodic programming in the United States and Canada, has topped 1 million subscribers since its launch in 2011, the company announced Sept. 19.

Acorn TV specializes in original and exclusive mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and other European countries.

“Surpassing one million subscribers … is a major milestone, which underscores that [consumers] love the trusted Acorn TV experience filled with highly entertaining and captivating original and exclusive entertainment,” Miguel Penella, president of global direct-to-consumer for AMC Networks, said in a statement. “[Online] TV’s strong momentum, coupled with the growth of our other targeted SVOD services — Shudder, Sundance Now, and UMC — further underscores that the special interest SVOD market is growing and has vast potential, including some meaningful advantages over general interest SVOD.”

Interestingly, Acorn TV has scored hits with content licensed from ITV and the BBC — the latter two having now launched their own proprietary SVOD service in North America and the U.K. called BritBox.

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To reach its current sub count, Acorn TV — in addition to being acquired through AMC Networks’ majority purchase of RLJ Entertainment — expanded its distribution channels via Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime Video Channels in Canada, YouTube TV, and Android TV.

Acorn TV remains available through Acorn.TV as well as Chromecast, Comcast/Xfinity, and apps on the App Store, Android Google Play, Roku and Amazon FireTV.

Thanks to a bigger operating budget, Acorn TV has upped commissioning, co-producing and licensing top British and international mysteries and dramas.

Acorn TV Originals include:

• “Manhunt,” ITV’s highest rated drama in the past six years with this true crime drama starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and calledtremendously satisfying by The New York Times (Trailer);

• “Queens of Mystery,” the Emmy-nominated British mystery series called A surefire crowd-pleaserby the Los Angeles Times (Trailer)”;

• “Agatha Raisin,” Series 1-3, the British comedy/mystery series starring Ashley Jensen (Trailer)

• “London Kills,” Series 1-2, the straight-to-series order of the British detective drama called a superb British crime seriesby the Los Angeles Times (Trailer);

• “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries,” Australia’s 1960s-set spin-off series (Trailer);

• “Mystery Road,” an award-winning Australian detective drama starring Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen (Trailer).

Other exclusives include:

• “Doc Martin,” one of ITV’s most popular series with its upcoming ninth season available day after its British premiere in late September (Trailer);

• “Line of Duty, Season 5,” UK’s highest rated show of 2019 on BBC One and from the creator of Bodyguard (Trailer);

• “A Place to Call Home,” Australian period drama called an Aussie Downton Abbey  (Trailer);

• “Jack Irish,” Australian conspiracy thriller starring Guy Pearce (Trailer);

• “Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears,” features the return of one of the most popular Australia series worldwide with new film in early 2020.

Coming up, Acorn TV features the exclusive U.S. Premieres of the season finale of “My Life is Murder,” starring Lucy Lawless on Mon., Sept. 23; season 9 of the perennially popular dramedy series “Doc Martin,” starring Martin Clunes on Thurs., Sept. 26, the day after its UK world premiere; the engrossing Italian drama series , “Back Home,” on Mon., Sept. 30; Italian drama , “The Promised Life,” on Mon., Oct. 14; and the return of Ashley Jensen in “Agatha Raisin & the Haunted House” on Mon., Oct. 28, which is a sole commission for Acorn TV with its development division, Acorn Media Enterprises.


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