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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 snaps up Line Of Duty streaming rights from Hulu

US streaming service Acorn TV has snapped up US streaming rights to BBC thriller Line Of Duty from Hulu.  The British content-focused SVOD has picked up US streaming rights to season five of Line Of Duty from Kew Media Distribution.  The show previously streamed on Handmaid’s Tale platform Hulu, which premiered the show in the US in 2012. The service now has […]

Acorn ramps up originals drive with BBC1

 AMC-owned Acorn TV is partnering with the BBC on family drama Pitching In. Starring EastEnders actor Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills (pictured), the drama will air in the UK on BBC1 Wales and BBC1 Daytime and on streaming platform Acorn TV in the US. It will be produced by Broken indie LA Productions, with Acorn […]

AMC agrees $274m deal to buy RLJ Entertainment

AMC Networks has entered a definitive agreement to acquire RLJ Entertainment for an aggregate value of US$274 million. RLJ Entertainment is the owner of two SVOD services, Acorn TV, the British content streamer that serves US audiences, and UMC (Urban Movie Channel). Together the services have over 800,00 subscribers. RLJ  also has a controlling interest […]

RLJ hires UKTV exec as MD of Acorn Media

RLJ Entertainment has hired UKTV exec Catherine Mackin as the managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises (AME). Mackin will oversee Acorn TV’s growing commissioning and co-production slate. She will start this month and is based in RLJ’s UK office in London. The new exec replaces Shane Murphy, who is returning to Dublin as group head […]

Acorn TV launches on Comcast’s Xfinity TV

Acorn TV, the largest SVOD service specialising in the distribution of British and international television to the US market, is now available on Xfinity On Demand to Xfinity TV customers nationwide. The launch marks the first time Acorn TV, owned by RLJ Entertainment, has been available on an MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor, eg cable) […]

Acorn orders first straight-to-series UK drama

North American streaming service Acorn TV has ordered its first straight-to-series drama from the UK. Writer Paul Marquess (Suspects) has been created and written original drama London Kills. Two seasons of 5x60mins will be shot back to back in London, with RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn Media Enterprises coproducing with Marquess’ PGMTV. Acorn Media International will sell […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]

AMC set to buy $60m-valued RLJ

AMC Networks is set to acquire outstanding shares of RLJ Entertainment not currently owned by the company or Robert L. Johnson, the founder of the streaming service. RLJ is a premium digital channels company, which serves audiences through OTT branded channels Acorn TV in the UK and the Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Currently, AMC owns […]

SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]

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