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Acorn TV Nets Comcast Deal

Acorn TV, the SVOD service focused on British and international television programs, has gained distribution on Comcast’s set-top box VOD platform and the service provider’s Xfinity Stream app for smartphones, tablets and web browsers.

Acorn TV, a service that’s also marketed as a standalone OTT service, said the agreement with Comcast marks the first time it’s available on an MVPD set-top box. 

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Acorn TV, a service owned by RLJ Entertainment, is being offered on Comcast set-top boxes via the MSO’s managed VOD system and not over-the-top via the internet.

Acorn TV, which features originals such as BBC comedy Detectorists and ITV drama Girlfriends, is being offered via Comcast for $4.99 per month, the same as the SVOD service’s standalone price.

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Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but most SVOD deals between content providers and MVPDs operate on a subscription sharing model.

Acorn TV has also been integrated with Comcast’s X1 voice remote.

Acorn TV expands a list of other SVOD services offered via Comcast’s VOD platform, including Disney Story Central, Stingray Karaoke, Disney Family Movies, Lifetime Movie Club, History Vault, Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga, Grokker, FitFusion, Gaia, Dog TV, Here TV, CuriosityStream, UP Faith & Family, Anime Network, Kidstream, TumbleBooks TV, Stingray Classica, Eros Now, Filipino On Demand, and The Jewish Channel.

Comcast also sells commercial-free offerings in partnership with FX (FX+) and AMC Networks (AMC Premiere)

“The addition of Acorn TV and its curated collection of standout international television provides even more choice to our Xfinity TV customers, giving them another way to watch their favorite series or discover new and classic programs,” Michael Imbesi, VP of movies & PPV programming at Comcast Cable, said in a statement.