By George! Brit Focused streamer, Acorn TV, ramps up activity in Australia

September 17, 2019
Midsomer Murders, Grantchester, Broadchurch, Victoria, Doc Martin, Line of Duty, Foyle’s War, George Gently and Australian shows including Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries streaming now.

Australian consumers have never had so much choice at their fingertips, for what seems like a nominal fee, but how many services will people choose to keep?

According to Acorn TV, which has been in the market in Australia since last year, but only now launching proper, Anglophiles are going to want to subscribe.

“Australia has always been an important market to Acorn TV, so we’re thrilled to expand our content offering with even more high quality British and international productions,” said Kerensa Samanidis, GM for Acorn TV International, in a statement. “We’re proud to launch a destination for lovers of quality British TV, and we’ve carefully curated a wide selection of award-winning and beloved British series for Australian viewers to enjoy.

“Our ambition is to be the go-to service for Australians who want to enjoy quality drama without having to search through endless choices for something to watch. Having carefully listened to some of our early customers, we’ve broadened our British TV offer but also added some cherished Australian dramas. Acorn TV is a truly unique entertainment service in the Australian market, and we hope you love watching the shows as much as we do!”

So, where does that leave BBC, which has a footprint in Australia and recently launched BritBox in partnership with ITV in the UK; and the free ABC iview, which hosts a number of British productions, and the likes of Stan, Netflix and Amazon Prime, which also stream various British IP? There is also a great deal of crossover in these services, with various shows available across multiple platforms, others with rights lapsing whilst other services pick them up, etc. So, even though it feels like consumers are in control, it really is a Wild West streaming war out there, which will take some time before it smooths out.

Acorn TV costs $6.99/month or $69.99 annually, and also offers a free trial.

Listed highlights that are currently on the service include all seasons of police dramas George Gently and Foyle’s War; season one of 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, with Game of Thrones/Cleverman star Iain Glen; the complete collection of Mr. Selfridge; Seasons 1-5 of romantic comedy series Cold Feet; detective series Midsomer Murders (Seasons 1-3); Season One of critically acclaimed costume drama Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman; seasons 1-3 of 1950s detective drama Grantchester; Line of Duty (Seasons 1-4);  the first two seasons of 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 Australian drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis; six-part crime series Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams, based on the Agatha Christie Tommy and Tuppence novels; all series of British period drama The Bletchley Circle; three-part BBC One/HBO miniseries Gunpowder with Kit Harington; season one of British sci-fi drama Humans; and Australian series Janet King starring Marta Dusseldorp, among others.

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