Published On : September 8, 2021 / Last Modified on : September 9, 2021 by Kunal Kumar / Category(s) : Streaming Services
Acorn TV is a subscription video streaming service in the United States that offers television shows from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Mexico. It is supported on several platforms, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and Roku. This is a guide to help you out with your struggle to install and watch Acorn TV on your streaming device. Follow us till the end to learn more about Acorn TV and its installation steps.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. owns Acorn TV. Since 1994, Acorn Formats Group has distributed British television in the United States, beginning with VHS cassettes and progressing to DVD and Blu-ray media. In 2011, Acorn TV started as a part of Acorn’s direct-to-consumer e-commerce website, continuing the company’s growth into new media. Acorn TV was reintroduced as a separate service in 2013, with additional programming and monthly and annual subscription choices. The service began delivering unique programming in 2013, with the launch of Doc Martin, Series 6 in the United States.
Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case was nominated for Outstanding Television Movie in 2015, making Acorn TV the only niche streaming service to have a program nominated for an Emmy. It has 430,000 paying members as of December 31, 2016. On April 29, 2020, Acorn TV debuted as a standalone service in the United Kingdom.
The features of Acorn TV are shown below:
Acorn TV is Roku TV compatible and readily available on the Roku Channel Store. As a result, adding it to your Roku device is simple if you follow the instructions outlined below.
Apple TV (4th generation) now supports Acorn TV. Here are some quick steps to follow to stream and begin viewing world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedy from the United Kingdom and beyond, on Acorn TV, via your Apple TV:
Acorn TV is a legitimate app that can be obtained from the Amazon Store. To get Acorn TV on your Amazon Fire TV, follow the instructions listed below:
And you’re all set to view amazing content on Acorn TV!
Acorn TV provides a mix of new and vintage mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries. ITV, Channel 4, BBC Studios, All3Media, DRG, ZDF, and Material Media are among the producers and distributors whose content is licensed by the service. The Acorn TV library is still modest enough that, like most other small streamers, it has split its material into a small number of discrete (but densely filled) categories. To that purpose, please enjoy the lightning round we’ve included following the main list, which spotlights titles from the streamer’s key categories that didn’t make our final Top 5, but are nonetheless vital members of the Acorn family:
It’s hard to come across an over-the-pond drama in 2020 whose concept seems totally new—even rarer to come across one that doesn’t contain even one (1) horrific small-town murder, or the mentally traumatised local cop assigned to investigate it. Imagine our surprise when Acorn’s newest original series, the Carrigeen-set South Westerlies, premiered on Netflix in early November. The South Westerlies stars Orla Brady (Into the Badlands, Star Trek: Picard) as Kate Ryan, an environmental consultant for a Norwegian wind energy company who has been tasked with embedding in her tiny Irish hometown as an undercover lobbyist for a proposed wind farm that the community is vehemently opposed to.
Never mind that she departed Carrigeen over two decades ago after becoming pregnant by her free-spirited ex, Baz (Steve Wall), who had his heart set on launching a pro-surfing career in Hawaii. And don’t get me started on the fact that she cut off all of her friends when she left. NorskVentus, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for this highly subtle (yet ecologically helpful) job.
Naturally, all of Kate’s lies begin to unravel very quickly, such as when her now-grown son, Conor (Sam Barrett), strikes up a bond with his absentee father virtually the moment he sees him. While this typical, familial drama serves as a good basis for The South Westerlies’ brief, six-episode first season, it is ultimately the manner in which the town works through its sentiments about the proposed wind farm as a community that makes The South Westerlies so fascinating.
The town has a distinct Gilmore Girls spirit to it, with people frequently banding together to petition NorskVentus for the installation of universal internet, or to fund the local junior camogie team in the same breath as they express their opposition to the wind farm. Whereas Gilmore Girls emphasized the quirkiness of small-town characters, The South Westerlies emphasizes that any change in the status quo—even a good one, like a new wind farm in the midst of a global climate crisis—requires genuine community buy-in, which means talking to people one-on-one and taking their concerns seriously. This is a wonderful twist on Acorn’s penchant for hyper-local storytelling, and an even more charming way to conclude a year that is in desperate need of reminders that community counts. So, give yourself a present and watch The South Westerlies.
Mystery Road is billed as “Australia’s answer to True Detective,” but if anything, the multi-award-winning series is even more similar in spirit to Bosch, featuring a sharp, stoic detective (Aaron Pedersen) so driven by a sense of moral righteousness that he ends up a lone wolf in a sea of institutional and cultural corruption, and shot with a cinematically breathtaking sen
We’d suggest Mystery Road regardless—it features some of the most stunningly beautiful pictures we’ve ever seen on a small screen. (Unsurprisingly, cinematographer Mark Wareham has received some of the series’ numerous award nominations.)
However, the fact that both Pedersen and Jay Swan (the investigator he portrays) are Aboriginal, and that the rural murders he ends up investigating are inspired by centuries of institutional prejudice and injustice, adds to the allure: The first season’s killings revolve on the topic of who has (or should have) rights to utilise a cattle station’s lone natural water supply, which is also a holy place for the local Aboriginal people. While the long-awaited second season, which begins on October 12 (and will run on a typical one-episode-a-week schedule through the fall), brings the topic of colonialism’s harsh legacy to a fishing town in the north. As anyone browsing the platform’s library will notice, Acorn TV can be a pretty white place; for a show like Mystery Road to be made available, and for it to treat the Aboriginal people of Australia with nuance and respect, is important; for it to serve as a model for similarly diverse and complex shows to come, is even more important.
Amy Huberman’s anxiety-spiral sitcom Finding Joy, which has been one of our favorite Acorn TV Originals from its inception, has finally returned for a second season.
Originally billed as a comedy about a thirtysomething Irish woman stumbling her way into a kind of professional renaissance while recovering from a devastating breakup with a man who happens to share a name with her “talking” dog, it was difficult for an American viewer to watch the first series without constantly drawing comparisons to Allison Tolman’s late, late, great Dowager. The first series contained more differences than similarities. Ultimately—Dog Aidan had practically little influence on Finding Joy’s storyline, for example—but Joy’s story deviates even farther in Series 2. To wit, Joy (Huberman), the aspiring star of her own independent YouTube channel, is no longer chasing down existential fear at the whim of her corporate superiors. This time, she’s steering her ship, spiraling deeper into a narcissistic nervous breakdown while sharing a non-productive WeWork-space with her producer (Ruth Kearney) and cameraman (Paul Reid), a non-comfortable home life with her palm-reading roommate, Christie (Kerry Howard), and an increasingly distant sense of kinship with her lifelong best friend, Trish (Hannah James-Scott).
These advancements quite often result in a series that is darker and more stressful to watch than the first—if Finding Joy Series 1 was a spiritual cousin to Downward Dog, Series 2 may find a closer (if mostly less harrowing) reflection in HBO Max’s I Hate Suzie—and your mileage may vary as to how deeply that speaks to your soul at this especially anxious global moment. However, when it comes to representing both Ireland and comedy in Acorn TV’s effort to create its “Britain and Beyond” collection, both Huberman and Finding Joy continue to shine.
Maybe you know her from Ugly Betty, maybe from Catastrophe, maybe from The Lobster (we can’t imagine you’d know her from The Lobster)—wherever you know her from, once you’ve watched the first few minutes of any of Agatha Raisin’s film-length outings, Scottish actress Ashley Jensen will be forever linked in your imagination to M.C. Beaton’s infamous PR guru-turned-Cotswomen.
(As of the start of the third season, she’s a professional PI.) Jensen is fantastic in this witty comedy, which recently finished its third season, and not just because she’s perfected the dark art of skipping through cobblestone streets and plush lawns in towering stiletto heels. Jensen is terrific because she is so profoundly convincing as a clever businesswoman whose PR skill has concealed her crippling inability to blend in with regular people, a genius/outsider combo that is deadly for any young retiree seeking to take up the task of unmasking, well, murderers.
The tone of Agatha’s adventures can be a little Scooby-Doo (to paraphrase the detective herself in Season 3’s haunted home premiere), but that’s not always a negative thing. Agatha Raisin’s hilarious pluck is a breath of fresh Cotswolds air in a streaming environment so full of murder investigations portrayed solely in the grimmest, most aesthetically washed-out ways conceivable.
The funny and friendly Detectorists follows two normal guys (Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, charmingly unusual leading men) who discover joy and meaning in their rural English community through metal detecting. It turns out to be a vicious industry, and Crook does a fantastic job of making the smallest details, victories, and battles feel huge. Detectorists is a leisurely series that revels in the undulating hills that the guys explore in the hope of discovering old wealth (before giving up and heading to the pub). Objectively, hardly much occurs over the course of three seasons, yet the show is tremendously fascinating and heartbreakingly loveable.
Perhaps Johnny Flynn’s melancholy theme song best expresses it: “Will you seek through the lonely soil for me?” Climb through the brambles and briars. I’ll be your treasure… I’ll be waiting for you.” With only 19 episodes spread across three seasons, it’s a hidden gem worth searching out. —Keene, Allison.
So now that you know how to install Acorn TV on various platforms and smart devices, stream your favorite shows on Acorn TV. Thank you for staying with us till the end. We hope that you found this article useful. See you soon!