Acorn Media Group Launches Streaming Service

British series including "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Brideshead Revisited" will be available.

Acorn Media Group is making its catalogue of classic and contemporary British television series available for online streaming including Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited, The Far Pavilions, Foyle’s War, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and The Forsyte Saga.

Acorn, which holds the North American distribution rights for the series, sells them on DVD and has made most of them available for purchase as downloads. But this is the first time many of them have been available for streaming. The service – at acornonline.com/TV – is $24.99 for a year of unlimited access. But the company is making the first episode of each series available free and also offering a free trial of Acorn TV through Aug. 31.

“Acorn Media Group has found incredible success building a media company focused on audiences passionate for distinctive programming, in particular, British programming,” Miguel Penella, CEO of Acorn Media Group, said in a statement. “Through our long-term relationship with our target audience, Acorn Media has helped introduce British dramas and mystery programs in North America. With Acorn TV, we can offer these programs on an anytime and, ultimately, anywhere basis. We look forward to streaming our incredible program library to U.S. audiences.”

Programming is refreshed weekly, with each season available for six weeks. Acorn executives said they have no plans to expand their programming beyond their niche of British mysteries and dramas and the mix of streaming series at launch are likely to evolve to fit audience preferences.

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