Acorn TV subscription, TV shows review

Paushali Banerjee | Streaming Expert

I rate Acorn TV a 7.6 on 10. If you fall into Acorn TV's target demographic, it could be the perfect streaming service for you. There are plenty of binge-worthy box sets, old-time masterpieces, and modern-day movies, as well as British TV shows galore. 


Acorn TV doesn't have much else to offer other than the best of British television. Unfortunately, you won't be able to watch any shows in real-time; instead, you'll have to wait for them to appear in the library. If they don't, you can request a title from customer support. 


One element of the app for Acorn TV that I like is how rapidly you can fast forward. There are no thumbnails or fancy effects to be found. It simply jumps ahead, and that's all there is to it. 


However, there is one additional benefit: Acorn TV allows for up to 4 concurrent streaming, allowing you to share your membership and watch numerous series simultaneously.

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Acorn TV is a video-on-demand subscription service that concentrates on British content. Users pay a monthly fee and can watch as many videos as they like from Acorn's library. In addition, subscribers can watch TV programs from Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand and programming from the United Kingdom on the app for Acorn TV.


 In 1994, the firm began releasing British television in the US, initially on VHS, subsequently on DVD and Blu-ray. It soon established a streaming platform and swiftly became North America's largest service dedicated to British and international television.

Acorn TV subscription

  • Acorn TV costs $5.99 per month, but you may save money by signing up for an annual plan for $59.99. 
  • A seven-day Acorn TV free trial is also available, but you must provide payment information during the signup process. 
  • Acorn TV is available on various platforms, including Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (tvOS version), and Chromecast and through a web browser (Acorn TV recommends Chrome). 
  • However, it does not have apps for gaming consoles like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.


Streaming experience:


  • Most Acorn TV shows are only passable in terms of technical quality. 
  • They appear to be in good shape, and you might not even notice that they aren't in 1080p or 4K like practically every other streaming media app these days. 
  • They appear to be okay. You won't be blown away by the surround-sound audio that fills your living room, but that isn't the objective. 
  • The discussion is plainly audible. 
  • Most shows are designed to draw you into the plot, so the only reason to keep watching is to find out who committed some heinous crime.


User Interface:

  • The web interface for Acorn TV is simple, with a dark blue background and a mix of white and yellow accents. 
  • However, unlike Shudder, which embraces its horror-based collection with appealing effects, it lacks personality. 
  • The user interface is straightforward to use. 
  • The left-hand menu on the Home screen features a search bar and a few menu items: Browse, Schedule, Help, and Store. Acorn TV divides its results into two categories: series and individual episodes. 
  • Depending on how you joined up for the service, the My Acorn TV option in the upper-right corner allows you to check what you've recently seen, browse to your watchlist, and access or update your account data.


Content catalog:


  • The collection is divided into categories, making it simple to select something that suits your needs. 
  • Mystery, period drama, current drama, and other genres are all available. 
  • Your geographic location has an impact on the shows you can watch. 
  • Some countries outside the United States are unable to view Acorn material. The service focuses on Acorn TV shows, but certain feature films are also available. 
  • You can look through the library before signing up for an Acorn TV free trial to get a sense of what stuff you'll have access to once you join. Every month, new stuff is introduced.

What does it lack?

Parental controls:

  • Acorn TV does not provide cloud DVR storage, so once something is gone, it is gone forever. A show cannot be recorded for later viewing. 
  • Keep an eye on the Leaving Soon part of the schedule to prevent losing out on your favorite TV shows.


Parental controls:


  • Acorn TV does not support profiles or parental control tools as a final constraint. 
  • Different users' profiles allow them to modify their lists and maybe receive more relevant recommendations. 
  • There are currently no ratings or offers available on the app for Acorn TV.


Acorn TV is worth considering if you want to watch British, European, or Oceanic series, even if it isn't your sole option. For a reasonable monthly fee, you can obtain access to a large number of complete seasons. We also like how it's easy to see what's coming on and going off the service.


On the other hand, an app for Acorn TV has some technical constraints, such as a maximum streaming resolution of 720p. It also lacks parental controls, profiles, and download shows to watch offline on mobile devices. 

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