Comcast Gets Direct Access to Acorn TV

Acorn TV, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service specializing in British-centric programming, is now available on Comcast Cable.

The launch of the SVOD service marks the first time Acorn TV, owned by RLJ Entertainment, is available on a pay-TV set-top box.

Acorn TV is accessible on Xfinity on Demand and on the go via the Xfinity Stream App and portal. Subscribers with an X1 voice remote can say “Acorn TV” to begin watching or use their remote to navigate programing within the Xfinity on Demand menu. Xfinity TV subs can add Acorn TV for $4.99 per month.

The service joins Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and NPR podcasts with direct access to Comcast subscribers.

“We continue to make more and more of the content our customers [want] available to them all in one place and easily accessible by voice through X1,” Michael Imbesi, VP, movies & PPV programming, Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

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.”

“Acorn TV is excited to continue to expand our distribution through a partnership with Comcast,” said Mike Pears, president of U.S. distribution for RLJ Entertainment — which is majority owned by AMC Networks.

2 thoughts on “Comcast Gets Direct Access to Acorn TV”

  1. What you didn’t say is that Comcast isn’t offering the COMPLETE Acorn library. Only about 25% of shows are available via the Comcast/xfinity subscription.

    1. I just discovered this! You have to pay extra for a show Comcast doesn’t carry. I don’t know how much, as I didn’t inquire further.

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