Silver Spring, MD; February 4, 2016 – Today RLJ Entertainment and Qello announce that Emmy®-nominated streamer Acorn TV is now available on Apple TV and in a new iOS app for iPhone and iPad. From RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), Acorn TV is the premier North American streaming service for world-class television from Britain and beyond. Since 2011, Acorn TV has been a trailblazer in the digital movement for niche streaming services with its rapidly growing fan base and is the first niche streamer to receive an Emmy® program nomination with its 2015 nomination for Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
Best known for its flagship product Qello Concerts, Qello launched its Qello Media Solutions division to make available its ten years of OTT expertise to select partners like Acorn TV. Through this partnership, consumers can now subscribe directly to Acorn TV by downloading the app on the new, fourth-generation Apple TV, or through the updated iOS app, which delivers in-app purchase and improved support for streaming to older Apple TVs via Airplay.
Matthew Graham, General Manager of Acorn TV, noted, “We’re excited for the millions of Apple TV owners to now have easy access to the deep library of curated, high-quality international programs on Acorn TV. It’s been a pleasure working with Qello to design cutting-edge apps that look fantastic, work flawlessly, and will help our users discover shows they’ll love. Qello’s deep knowledge and experience in the OTT SVOD space has added much more value than any standard technology services provider."
Brian Lisi, CEO of Qello says, “We’re thrilled to partner with such a like-minded company who also offers premium niche-content. Our collective OTT goals and ingenuity could not be more aligned.”
Acorn TV features the U.S. Premieres of excellent international programs every week. The world-class streamer recently added the exclusive U.S. Premieres of Agatha Christie’s PARNTERS IN CRIME, the new BBC mystery adaption of Christie’s delightful detective duo; the return of smash hit British dramedy DOC MARTIN, Series 7 starring Martin Clunes; British thriller BLACK WORK from the writer of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies; Australia’s addictive period drama A PLACE TO CALL HOME, called ‘an Aussie Downton Abbey’; the British supernatural miniseries THE MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT, called “an impressively chilling tale” (The Wall Street Journal); Irish Western DOMINION CREEK; and one of Canada’s top series with the intense, character-driven cop drama 19-2, which The New York Times said, “the writing is sublime.”
Given the limited broadcast options for U.S. viewers to watch first rate international programs, Acorn TV offers U.S. fans the opportunity to not only stream many of their favorite series but, more importantly, discover new and classic programs previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. Acorn TV adds new programs every week and features a deep library of mysteries, dramas, documentaries, and comedies with no set end dates. Acorn TV offers a free 30-day trial. To watch Acorn TV’s upcoming premieres, media can register at the online watch site: http://press.rlje.net
Called the “chief curators of the best Brit TV” by TIME magazine, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights to many of the top British programs, which are available for broadcast television, digital download, digital streaming, and in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays. RLJ Entertainment also owns all rights to the beloved mystery series Foyle’s War, and a majority share in Agatha Christie Ltd, which manages Agatha Christie’s extensive literary works including characters Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence, and Miss Marple.