Time to look into our email bag and let’s start will our friends at Acorn TV. They have plenty of binge-worthy comedies and dramas. Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin, Miss Fisher Mysteries, My Life is Murder, and Slings & Arrows, are just a few of a long of shows worth your time.
This week on the 25th will be the debut of Baltazar, one of France’s top 10 highest-rated dramas of 2018. Suave, smart, and unconventional, forensic pathologist Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley, Messiah, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) can make the dead speak like no one else to solve Paris’ most baffling crimes. But there’s one case that continues to haunt him—the murder of his wife over a decade ago. In the series premiere, Balthazar immediately clashes with no-nonsense chief inspector Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles, Le Secret d’Elise, VA Savoir,) as they work together to solve the double homicide of a public prosecutor and his wife, leaving behind their traumatized young daughter.
By the way congratulations to Acorn TV as they just got PC Mag’s coveted Readers’ Choice Award “On-Demand Video Streaming” –beating out Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO. According to the feature, Acorn TV received higher satisfaction ratings than the latter, for overall satisfaction, likelihood to recommend, along with five of the six other categories.
Here is an excerpt from their story on Acorn TV:
You may not know Acorn TV unless you’re a real Anglophile, but this streaming service is providing great programming from across the pond at a great price, according to our readers, earning it very high satisfaction ratings and our Readers’ Choice Award.
There’s an embarrassment of great programming available today to watch on your TV, computer, smartphone, or tablet. Many of the shows are coming from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, as well as premium content providers such as HBO and Showtime, but according to PCMag readers, no service is providing a better experience than Acorn TV, which offers a variety of shows from Britain and other foreign markets to customers in the US and Canada.
We’ll be doing a review of Acorn TV soon. From readers, Acorn TV received higher satisfaction ratings than the big boys, or anyone else for that matter, for overall satisfaction (9.1), likelihood to recommend (9.0), and five of the six other categories in which it received enough responses.
The only category in which Acorn TV didn’t rate best was satisfaction with movie selection, but its rating of 7.6 was as good as anyone except Vudu, a movie-oriented service, which received a 9.0. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video also received ratings of 7.6 for satisfaction with movie selection. It’s hard to make people happy with any selection of films, apparently.
Acorn TV received the highest marks in the roundup for satisfaction with TV show selection at 8.7. Among Acorn TV’s most popular shows are Doc Martin and Midsomer Murders mysteries. As one respondent said, “The content is interesting and intelligent. Good dialogue and interesting stories, unlike dumbed down bang bang I’m cool US TV.”
We have podcasts with Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, the star of My Life is Murder star Lucy Lawless and others on our Stream On with Jim Williams podcast. Be sure to check them out at Apple Podcasts.