Acorn TV


Acorn TV licenses slate of ABC content for Oz, New Zealand offering

Acorn TV has licensed a slate of content from Australian public broadcaster ABC for its local platforms. The AMC Networks-owned streamer, which recently hit the one-million subscriber mark, has picked up the slate for its growing Australian and New Zealand offering. The deal includes Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis (The Babadook); ABC drama Jack Irish starring […]

AMC streamer Acorn TV hits one million subscribers

AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV has surpassed one million subscribers in the US and Canada. Launched in 2011, the RLJ Entertainment-owned service, which was acquired by AMC Networks for $274m last year, initially specialised in British television for US subscribers, but it has worked aggressively to diversify its slate with other international offerings. Eight years […]

AMC launches AcornTV, UMC streamers on YouTube TV

AMC Networks is launching its UK drama-skewing streamer Acorn TV as well as its black TV and film OTT offering UMC on YouTube’s channels service. Acorn TV’s YouTube service will offer shows including Martin Clunes-starring dramas Doc Martin and Manhunt, BBC cop show Line Of Duty and its originals such as Agatha Raisin, Queens of […]

Acorn TV appoints FilmStruck exec for International

AMC Networks-owned US streamer Acorn TV has appointed a former Turner and FilmStruck International exec to oversee its global division. Kerensa Samanidis takes the newly created role of general manager at Acorn TV International, based out of London and responsible for the overall development, management and operation of the streaming service for all markets outside […]

Acorn TV expands distribution partnerships to Apple, Amazon

Acorn TV has grown its distribution footprint, expanding to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and Android TV. The AMC-owned SVOD – which is focused on British programming and international drama – is now available on Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, Roku Channel, Amazon Channels Canada and Android TV. For Apple, customers in the […]

RTÉ, Acorn partner on Victorian drama ‘Dead Still’

Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have co-commissioned Victorian mystery Dead Still. The project is the latest drama venture for AME, the UK-based development division for AMC-backed SVOD service Acorn TV, which is owned by RLJ Entertainment. Together, Acorn TV with AME have commissioned a number of series, including series two and three […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

Acorn TV expands global footprint to 30 territories

Acorn TV, the US streaming service specialising in British television, is expanding into 30 countries, including India and Australia. The SVOD service, which was launched in the US and Canada in 2011, is now also available for US$4.99/month in Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela and the Bahamas, among a number […]

Acorn TV teams with DRG for Martin Clunes drama Manhunt

Acorn TV, the US streaming service specialising in British television, has struck a deal with DRG to be the exclusive North and South American partner for new ITV drama Manhunt. Based on the memoirs of former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton, the three-part drama from Buffalo Pictures follows how the detective tenaciously pursued […]