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Acorn TV review: Price, features and content

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Acorn TV brings British TV to the US, streaming popular dramas, comedies, mysteries and documentaries, originals and exclusives and all ad free. But limited streaming and profile options may leave you wanting more.

Pros and cons of Acorn TV

Pros

  • Low-cost plan
  • Allows for four simultaneous streams
  • No commercials
  • Free trial

Cons

  • No offline viewing
  • No account profiles
  • No viewing recommendations
  • Low streaming resolution of 720p

What is Acorn TV?

Acorn TV is a subscription video-on-demand service which focuses on British programming. Users pay a monthly fee and can watch as much content from Acorn’s library as they want. The platform mainly offers TV series from the United Kingdom, but subscribers can also watch shows from Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The company started distributing British television in the United States in 1994 – first on VSH, then on DVD and Blu-Ray. It eventually launched a streaming platform and quickly became the largest service focused on British and international TV in North America.

How can I get Acorn TV?

To enjoy Acorn TV you can subscribe directly through the Acorn TV website. Sign up, create an account and start watching.

For Comcast customers, Acorn TV is accessible on Xfinity on Demand and via the Xfinity Stream App and portal. You can also get Acorn TV as an Amazon Prime Channel Add-on. Or you can subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

How much is Acorn TV?

Acorn TV costs $5.99 monthly, or $59.99 for an annual subscription.

Does Acorn TV offer a free trial?

Yes, the platform comes with a 7-day free trial for new customers, which is available when you sign up with a credit card. Cancel before the free week is up to avoid paying.

What content is on Acorn TV?

The library is organized into categories, so you can easily find something to match your preferences. Categories include Mystery, Period Drama, Modern Drama and more. Your geographic location affects what shows you can access. You can’t access Acorn content from some countries outside the US.

The service specializes in TV series, but some feature films are available as well. You can browse the library before you sign up for a free trial, so you can get a big picture of what content you gain access to once subscribed. New content is added every month. Check the Schedule section to see upcoming titles.

Popular series on Acorn TV include:

  • The Good Karma Hospital
  • My Life Is Murder
  • Mystery Road
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Line of Duty
  • Jack Taylor
  • Foyle’s War
  • Agatha Raisin
  • Striking Out
  • Loch Ness
  • Detectorists

What devices can I use with Acorn TV?

Acorn TV works with a variety of devices, so you can watch your favorite British series on screens big and small. Here’s the full list of compatible devices:

Computer: PC, Mac

Mobile and tablet: iOS, Android

Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xfinity

How many devices can I use?

Acorn TV allows you to watch on four devices at the same time.

How to watch Acorn TV with my device

Acorn TV works like any streaming service. You can watch Acorn TV directly through its website or with the app on your mobile device. You can also access it through the app store on your compatible smart TV or via a streaming media player. Once you go to the website or open the app, you need to log in to your account to begin watching.

What features does Acorn TV offer?

Acorn is thin on features, but it offers a few basic perks:

  • Foreign language selections: Watch titles in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and more with subtitles and dubbed in English.
  • Exclusive content: Acorn boasts exclusive content and has recently started to produce its own series. Unfortunately, the platform doesn’t currently support multiple profiles, offline viewing or parental controls.

How much data does Acorn TV use?

As with every streaming service, watching content with Acorn TV will burn through your data allowance. The platform doesn’t offer any official information on data usage, but streaming usually can burn anywhere from 300MB an hour on the lowest video quality to 3GB an hour for a high-quality HD stream.

How do I cancel my Acorn TV subscription?

If you signed up via the Acorn TV website, you have to cancel through a web browser on your computer, tablet or via the mobile site on your smartphone. Go to the Acorn TV website and click on My Acorn TV in the top right-hand corner of the site. Then, click on to the Manage Account section and select the option to Cancel Membership on the left side of the screen. Finally, confirm the cancelation by clicking Cancel Acorn TV.

Note that deleting the app does not cancel your subscription — you still have to follow the steps above. If you signed up through a third party (iTunes, Google Play, Roku, Amazon), you need to contact that provider to cancel your Acorn TV subscription.

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Expert review

If you’re looking to expand your streaming horizons, and are looking for unique foreign films and shows, Acorn TV is worth the $5.99 a month. With multiple ways to stream and hundreds of titles, it can be a great addition to your streaming library.

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