New streaming service ACORN (re)launches in Australia

Australian’s are spoilt for choice when it comes to streaming services. Now ACORN is vying for its own piece of the pie.

The streamer launched in Australia last year with its collection of mainly British dramas and crime thrillers but its expanded collection could provide a point of difference to its competition.

For $6.99 per month users will have access to popular shows like Midsomer Murders, Broadchurch, Victoria, Doc Martin, Line of Duty, Foyle’s War and George Gently.

Kerensa Samanidis, GM for Acorn TV International, told TV Blackbox;

“It creates a destination for the best of British content, so whether you like British drama or whether you like crime thrillers than we’ve got everything for you”.

When asked about their expansion plans in Australia, Samanidis said the company was not looking to compete with big players like Netflix;

“Acorn TV isn’t setting out to appeal to everyone, so we’re not trying to compete with the bigger mainstream services. We’re very proud of what we are and we have certainly, over the years, appealed to a strong and hugely loyal in the US and Canada and we’re seeing signs that that’s going to be the case worldwide as well”

The $6.99 monthly fee is at the lower end of the spectrum compared to other services, but Samanidis says that is not a tactical move;

“We’re certainly aligned with the price point in the US and we just believe that is a competitive price point within the market. We certainly don’t want price to be a factor to put people off, we just want people to come in and enjoy the content.”

According to ACORN, highlights include:

·       The only place to stream all seasons of beloved British police dramas George Gently and Foyle’s War;

·       Peabody and BAFTA Award-winning serial crime drama Broadchurch, starring Oscar-winner Olivia Colman and Doctor Who’s David Tennant, with Seasons 2 and 3 to be added in the coming weeks;

·       All three seasons of Irish detective drama Jack Taylor, starring Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen;

·       The complete collection of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven as the eponymous department store impresario and the Night Manager’s Catherine Kelly;

·       Seasons 1-5 of cherished romantic comedy series Cold Feet, starring James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris and Helen Baxendale;

·       Classic, detective series Midsomer Murders (Seasons 1-3), Britain’s longest running detective series;

·       Season One of critically acclaimed costume drama Victoria, starring The Cry and Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman;

·       Seasons 1-3 of 1950s detective drama Grantchester;

·       Record-breaking ratings hit and critically acclaimed series Line of Duty (Seasons 1-4), dubbed “king of the crime dramas” by The Telegraph UK;

·       The first two seasons of popular, long-running medical comedy drama Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes, with more seasons to be added in coming weeks;

·       Acorn Original Series Agatha Raisin, starring Ashley Jensen as the titular amateur sleuth;

·       The first two seasons of beloved Australian drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis;

·       Six-part crime series Partners in Crime, starring Little Britain’s David Walliams and Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, based on the Agatha Christie Tommy and Tuppence novels;

·       All series of British period drama The Bletchley Circle, featuring Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin and Peaky Blinders star Sophie Rundle;

·       Three-part BBC One/HBO miniseries Gunpowder from Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, based on the Gunpowder Plot in London 1605; and

·       Season One of British sci-fi drama Humans, starring Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan.

 Australians can access Acorn TV through a wide range of devices including IOS (iPad and iPhone), Android (phone and Tablet), Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast or by visiting acorn.tv. They can start watching now by signing up for a free trial, then for only AU$6.99 per month or an annual subscription for AU$69.99.