18 December 2012

Acorn TV: Stream Exclusive British TV Shows Free

Acorn TV, the British TV-only streaming service in North America, has steadily been expanding its offerings since it launched in 2011. And now it has a gift for you.

For a limited time, Acorn TV is offering a free 14-day trial of its subscription service, which gives you access to every episode of every show that it is streaming, not just the first one, which is available to everyone. This offer is great by itself, but what makes it even better is that you get to watch programs that aren't available for streaming anywhere else, or available but only if you pay a per-episode fee or have an Amazon Prime membershipor Netflix DVD subscription

Image courtesy of Acorn TV

For example, short of buying the DVDs, Acorn TV is currently the only source for watching all 14 episodes of the dramedy, Northern Lights,starring Robson Green and Mark Benton.

To see all eight episodes of the legal dramedy, The Brief,starring Alan Davies, you have Amazon Instant Video($4.99/episode) or Acorn TV ($0 during the free trial period).

And while you can rent Netflix DVDsfor the medical dramedy, Monroe,starring James Nesbitt, or stream all eight episodes at Amazon($3.99/episode or $0 with an Amazon Prime membership), you can use the 14 days to watch them for free with Acorn TV.

Those are just three of the 20 programs that Acorn TV is currently streaming.

Above Suspicion: Set 2
In terms of programs coming soon to Acorn TV, I'm looking forward to seeing Kelly Reilly and Ciarán Hinds again in Above Suspicion Deadly Intent,which begins streaming only at Acorn TV on 24 Dec. (The DVD is currently available only at the Acorn online store; it will be available elsewhere on 13 Feb.) If you haven't seen the episodes in Set 1("Above Suspicion" and "Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia") and you enjoy crime dramas, they are a must-see (imo).

Another program I'm excited about is the British version of Maigret,starring Michael Gambon. (The French-language version,starring Bruno Cremer, is fabulous.) Acorn TV starts streaming it on 31 Dec, so I'll be taking the Series 1 discs out of my Netflix DVD queue.

Doc Martin: The Movies
And for Doc Martinfans, 40 episodes from Series 1 through 5,plus the Doc Martin movieswill begin streaming at Acorn TV on 31 Dec.

Acorn TV streams all shows for roughly a month, and each week three of them drop off the schedule and are replaced by new program choices. To access all of them for as long as they're available, get a subscription for $29.99/year or $2.99/month.

If you don't yet have a subscription, head over to Acorn TV and give it a go with the 14-day free trial before the offer ends.

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