via press release:
Acorn TV Increases Programming and Exclusives for Its "Best
British TV" Streaming Service
Featuring Exclusive U.S. Premieres of Doc Martin, Agatha
Christie's Poirot and Guy Pearce Detective Series; and a
Significant Increase in Content From Acorn's Acclaimed
SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RLJ
Entertainment's (Nasdaq:RLJE) Acorn TV, the first streaming service
focused on the best of British TV in North America, announces more
exclusive U.S. premieres as well as tripling its available content.
Available at www.Acorn.TV and via its popular Roku app, Acorn TV brings
many of the best British mysteries, comedies, and dramas, as well as
select Australian, U.S. and Canadian series, to the increasing number
of consumers who prefer to stream content. Previously, Acorn TV
streamed a full season of 18 rotating series; moving forward, Acorn TV
will add at least six new and classic series each month, as well as
offering a catalog of 65 series for catch-up viewing and discovery of
new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV also continues to offer a
free 30-day trial.
Acorn TV is now featuring the exclusive U.S. premiere of Jack Irish, a
new, ongoing detective series starring Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3,
Memento). Called "the coolest show on television" (Daily Record, UK)
and an "intelligent, hard-boiled thriller" (The Wall Street Journal),
Jack Irish is the brooding antihero of Australian writer Peter Temple's
award-winning novels. Reeling in the wake of his wife's murder, the
former lawyer has reinvented himself as a part-time private
investigator and debt collector. In two feature-length mysteries,
Pearce delivers a masterful performance, imbuing Jack with world-weary
gruffness and a dash of dark humor.
Coming this fall, Acorn TV will feature the exclusive U.S. premiere of
Series 6 of Acorn's newest best-selling series and public TV sensation
Doc Martin. In the U.K., Doc Martin is ITV's highest-rated drama series
with more than 10 million viewers, while in the U.S., it's the #1
series on many public television stations and has millions of viewers
across the country. The new episodes will debut soon after their UK
broadcast. Additionally, Acorn TV will premiere Season 6 of hit period
detective series Murdoch Mysteries in September. 'The Best British TV'
service will also stream the newest episodes of Foyle's War, the day
after they premiere on MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS, which begins on
September 15. In early 2014, Acorn TV will feature new episodes from
the final series of Agatha Christie's Poirot starring David Suchet.
Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, Inc.,
said, "Given the limited broadcast options for U.S. viewers to watch
high quality programs from outside the U.S., Acorn TV offers U.S. fans
the opportunity to not only stream many of their favorite series but,
more importantly, discover new and classic programs previously
unavailable to U.S. audiences. We're very excited about our upcoming
premieres of the hugely popular UK series Doc Martin and Agatha
Christie's Poirot, as well as offering our customers much more of the
best British mysteries, comedies, and dramas."
Acorn TV's recent U.S. premieres included Australian 1920s "lady
detective" series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries; P.G. Wodehouse's
Blandings, a witty 2013 series starring Timothy Spall (The King's
Speech) and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous); medical drama
Monroe starring James Nesbitt (The Hobbit); BBC's The Syndicate, now
being remade by ABC as Lucky Seven this fall; as well as new episodes
from several of its top-selling series, among many others. All of these
programs are now readily available to stream.
Additionally, Acorn TV will feature all previous episodes of many
popular British series, including George Gently, Midsomer Murders, The
Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis ( ), iconic miniseries I,
Claudius, as well as more than 50 episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot.
In the coming months, Acorn TV will add several of the most
critically-acclaimed series in British television history, including
starring Helen Mirren and Foyle's War starring Michael
Launched in July 2011, Acorn TV is accessible on the #1 streaming
player, Roku, as well as computers, and through the browsers on iPhones
and iPads. It is also available on any portable device with a browser
that has the most recent version of Flash. Besides its Roku app, Acorn
TV is currently working towards apps for Apple TV, Samsung, iOS, Sony,
and Android platforms.
With the increased availability of content, Acorn TV will be
$4.99/month or $49.99/year, though it's on sale at $2.99/month or
$29.99/year until Sept. 2nd. Acorn TV subscribers also receive free
shipping on all orders from Acorn's distinctive merchandise catalog and
Called the "chief curators of the best Brit TV" by TIME magazine, RLJ
Entertainment's Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution
rights to the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are
available for streaming on Acorn TV and from Acorn in lavishly packaged
DVDs/Blu-rays. RLJ Entertainment also manages the literary estate of
Agatha Christie, the best-selling novelist of all time, and owns the
hugely popular period detective series Foyle's War.
Full access to Acorn TV is available to press upon request.
To watch Acorn TV via computers, iPhones, iPads, etc.: www.Acorn.TV
To add the Acorn TV channel on your Roku:
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee
and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North
America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive
titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and
distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up comedy,
feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot
(faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift
sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD,
Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television
(including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE
owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing
rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including
stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its
direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing
relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and
monetize existing and original content for its many distribution
channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels,
and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly
to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web
sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched
Acorn TV digital subscription service.