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Apple TV Adds App for Brit-Television Streaming Service Acorn TV

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV subscription-video service, which specializes in bringing British television fare to U.S. audiences, is now available on Apple TV.

Acorn TV, priced at $4.99 per month, offers access to more than 1,800 hours of programming. That includes about 60 exclusively licensed series such as “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” (pictured above), which originally aired on the U.K.’s ITV.

The niche SVOD service teamed with over-the-top provider Qello, which operates a streaming service with a collection of concerts and music documentaries, to develop Acorn TV’s app for the fourth-generation Apple TV. In addition, Qello created an updated iOS app for Acorn TV that delivers in-app purchasing and improved support for streaming to older Apple TVs via AirPlay. (Purchased through Apple’s App Store, Acorn TV is $6.99 per month.)

“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,” Acorn TV G.M. Matthew Graham said.

Acorn TV, launched in 2011, also is available on Roku devices, Samsung Smart TVs and the web. The service’s lineup includes the exclusive U.S. premieres of Agatha Christie’s “Partners in Crime” from the BBC; season seven of British dramedy “Doc Martin” starring Martin Clunes; British thriller “Black Work”; Australian period drama “A Place to Call Home”; Brit supernatural miniseries “The Midwinter of the Spirit”; and “Dominion Creek,” about three Irish brothers in the Wild West.

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RLJ Entertainment also owns all rights to mystery series “Foyle’s War,” and a majority share in Agatha Christie Ltd., which manages the writer’s literary works including characters Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence, and Miss Marple.

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