Acorn TV Does Deal With Comcast As Streaming Services Meet Cable


In this week’s edition of Stream On I speak with Acorn TV General Manager Matt Graham. He gives us the details of the big news about the new deal that has Acorn TV now available to everyone who subscribes to Comcast/Xfinity.

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For those of you who are not familiar with Acorn TV they offer a massive portfolio of outstanding programming from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In many cases, Acorn TV has teamed up to co-produce much of the programming with their foreign partners.

It’s the first pay-TV distribution deal for RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV, which offers a lineup of mysteries, dramas, and comedies previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. The advertising-free SVOD service is available to Comcast subs for $4.99 monthly.

As you know we are big fan of Acorn TV and we have had the pleasure of interviewing a number of their top stars over the past year. We talk with Graham about many of the network’s outstanding shows including, the BBC comedy “Detectorists”; the new ITV drama “Girlfriends”; and Irish drama “Striking Out.”

Acorn TV also is the exclusive home in the United States to some outstanding Austrian programming. The period drama “A Place to Call Home”, a couple of fun and entertaining dramedy’s “The Heart Guy” plus one my favorites “800 Words.”

For Comcast customers, Acorn TV is accessible in the home on Xfinity on Demand and out of the home via the Xfinity Stream App and portal. Xfinity TV customers with an X1 voice-enabled remote can say “Acorn TV” to pull up the menu or navigate to the service within the Xfinity on Demand menu.

Acorn TV is available on the web (at acorn.tv) and multiple platforms including iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, as well as through Amazon Channels.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.