Watch the best British television commercial-free on Acorn TV

This niche streaming service offers up thousands of hours of British entertainment for a very reasonable price.

British accents are charming, and the mystery, drama, and comedy woven into the fabric of the kingdom’s entertainment are like nowhere else on the planet. If you’re a fan of world-class entertainment from across the pond, you won’t find any better streaming service than Acorn TV. Immerse yourself in stories where the elaborate costumes are as much a character as any of the actors and dramatic mysteries play out on busy city streets and rainy, gritty villages.

Acorn TV carries first-rate international programming

Acorn TV launched as a niche streaming service in 2013 but has a broad library of quality programming. Viewers can binge a classic British TV series, or discover a new favorite from Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or mainland Europe. With a library of more than 300 shows, there are thousands of hours of commercial-free entertainment available with new shows added each week. Acorn TV opens up a world of mysteries, comedy, and drama for North Americans.

What makes the programming so distinctively British?

Acorn TV delivers with classics like Doc Martin in which a big city doctor retires to a small village and finds it hard to fit in as well as the gentle family drama 800 Words about a widower who sets off to New Zealand to start over.

If you’re just dipping your toe into this vast ocean of content, Acorn TV makes it easy to find something you’ll like with categories like Most Popular, Thrills and Chills, Mystery, Drama, New Releases, Comedy, Documentary, Feature Film, and Only on Acorn TV.

Watch Acorn TV original series Pitching In, Foyle’s War, Keeping Faith Agatha Raisin, Love, Lies and Records, Detectorists, and Finding Joy. Exclusive programming you can’t see anywhere else includes popular shows like Midsomer Murders, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, A Place to Call Home, Loch Ness, and 800 Words. Viewers will enjoy the history and culture covered in the documentaries Art of the Heist, King Arthur’s Britain, and Being Poirot.

How to watch

You can watch Acorn TV on almost any device on the go or in your living room with one login. Just use any compatible internet streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, or Android. Or access with a browser at on laptops, desktops, and tablets. Acorn TV can only be streamed, so you can’t download shows to watch offline.
Apple users can use login with a browser and cast it to a bigger screen using AirPlay. On Android devices, subscribers can log in through Chrome and cast it to a TV.

Subscribe directly or through a portal

Sign up on the Acorn TV website and take advantage of the one-week free trial. Or, if you prefer to manage your premium subscriptions through a portal with a single login and payment, you can subscribe through Roku’s Premium Subscriptions, Amazon Prime Video, or Apple TV.

After a one-week free trial, Acorn TV is $5.99/month or $59.99/annually. Apple TV subscribers pay $6.99/month with no annual option.

Roku manages your subscription with ease

Signing up for Acorn TV through Roku’s Premium Subscriptions lets you manage one bill and one login. You can watch Acorn TV through the Roku channel or use your credentials to log in on the web or any other device. All this without having to remember another password or enter your credit card.

Amazon delivers an excellent viewing experience

If you have Amazon Prime, it’s easy to subscribe to premium channels. Amazon’s portal shows you when each subscription expires, making it easy to stay on top of multiple services or to swap them out for new ones. The service also manages a single watchlist for all of your channels, streamlining the viewing process and keeping you from wandering from app to app looking for something to watch.

Amazon Prime Video Channels stream at 10 Mbps and can be a smoother viewing experience in some situations. The service adjusts streaming quality on the fly to deliver the best quality your connection speed can handle, so you’re less likely to suffer from lag or pixilation while watching.

Subscribing through Apple TV won’t get you the best price

Paying for an over-the-top streaming service right within the Apple TV app is convenient. Users can easily subscribe and unsubscribe to different services with just a click and no calls to customer service. Unfortunately, subscribing through Apple TV doesn’t give viewers the same flexibility as a standalone subscription. It’s also more expensive.

When you subscribe to Acorn TV through Apple TV, you’re buying a subscription to that Apple TV channel. That means you won’t be able to use your login credentials on the Acorn TV website or login on another platform outside of Apple TV. Adding insult to injury, Apple TV only offers month-to-month subscriptions, so subscribers aren’t eligible for the annual discounted option where you get 12 months of service for the price of only ten months.


Acorn TV provides closed captions on the entire library of TV series and films. According to the latest information on the American Council of the Blind website, none of Acorn TV’s titles have descriptive video service.

See the world with Acorn TV

When asked to define what makes British programming so uniquely compelling, an easy answer is the costume drama. There’s so much more than that to admire in British entertainment. The oddball comedy, the distinct mystery plots, and the dampened light you won’t find in any Hollywood production.

Get to know more about the world around you with Acorn TV. The niche streaming service offers up thousands of hours of entertainment for a reasonable price. Brilliant stories and productions presented without the whitewashing of American TV allow you to learn more about the rest of the world. Besides the charming accents, the best thing is you can stream it all to your device without commercials.

Megan Southard


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Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up.

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