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Download The Acorn TV app on PC. Enjoy the latest and your favorite British shows from the app, and yes you can use this android exclusive app on your Windows and Mac PCs
Why the Acorn TV PC app
Acorn TV for PC is an American subscription video streaming service offering television programming from the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Mexico.
If you’re a lover of TV shows from countries other than your own, especially the UK, then Acorn TV for Windows might be for you. Acorn TV offers exclusive access to popular British TV shows, specializing in comedies, dramas, mysteries, and thrillers. The service also features content from Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.
While it’s not as popular as other subscription video-on-demand services like Hulu with a similar price point, it’s still gained one million subscribers since it launched in 2011. It’s even started releasing its own original shows such as Ackley Bridge and Manhunt, which you can’t stream anywhere else.
Where is the app available
For anyone who loves British dramas and mysteries, Acorn TV PC app is a good option. I would say it is second only to BritBox in that regard, which is a better app with a more diverse roster of shows. The acting is good, the plots are well-written. You will find a few British dramas on Hulu and even on Netflix, but not nearly as many.
Your geographic location determines exactly which shows you can watch on the Platform, so this review strictly concerns the US version of the service. It includes shows from many countries, such as Australia (Network Ten, Nine, ABC Network), UK (ITV, BBC One, Channel 4, BBC Four), Canada (CBC), France (TF1), Italy (RAI), Ireland (RTE), and New Zealand (TVNZ). Not all shows are available from all these networks, but Acorn TV’s geographic range is impressive.
Interface of the app
Acorn TV’s interface looks clean, with a plain-looking mix of white and yellow accents on a dark blue background. It lacks personality though. The interface is simple to navigate, though, in testing, some screens took a bit longer to load than I anticipated. On the Home screen, the left-hand menu has a search bar, along with a few menu items: Browse, Schedule, Help, and Store.
Acorn TV is $5.99 per month, but you can get a discount if you opt for the annual plan, which costs $59.99. The service also offers a seven-day trial, but you need to enter payment details during the signup process. Acorn TV’s pricing is competitive with other services. For instance, Hulu matches Acorn TV’s price, while the more expensive Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both start at $8.99 per month. Apple TV+ undercuts all of those services with a price of only $4.99 per month, while Disney+ costs slightly more at $6.99 per month.
Live TV services are understandably much more expensive, but if you want to watch live British channels such as BBC or live matches, you don’t have a choice. Sling TV (starting at $30 per month) and fuboTV ($54.99 per month) are likely your best options for watching live international programming.
Here’s the full list of Acorn TV supported devices:
Amazon Fire TV
Android phone and other devices
Aside from best of British TV, Acorn TV doesn’t offer much extra. You can’t stream any shows live — you just have to wait for them to appear in the library. If they don’t, you can contact customer service to request a title.
The Platform doesn’t offer any cloud DVR storage, so once something’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t record a show to watch later. To avoid missing out on your favorite TV programs, keep an eye on the Leaving Soon section of the schedule.
If you’re planning on binge-watching with your family, you’ll need to guess if the content you plan to watch is appropriate for different ages before you start streaming. The service doesn’t have parental controls, so there’s no way to limit what your family watches if they have access to the service. Nor can you add user profiles.
The app is a bit limited in terms of how it works. There are no recommendations and suggestions. (So if you find a show you like, you can’t see similar options.) You have to dig around even for basic information like the rating and when the series debuted. It’s not a huge issue if your goal is to watch the entire season of a British drama and you know what you like, but we’re a long, long way from Netflix here.
The app is also a bit behind in other ways. The resolution runs at only 720p, there are no user profiles, parental controls, or family plans. You know what you want (British dramas and mysteries), and this app plays them for you, that’s really about it.
- Low cost
- Suits a specific audience
- Interface is a bit behind
- Shows run in 720p resolution
How to Install Acorn TV app on Windows and Mac
- You will need an Android emulator on your PC, I will recommend the BlueStacks or NoxPlayer emulator.
- Start the installation process by running the .exe file on your PC.
- After the installation is complete, open the emulator and look for the PlayStore app on the home screen
- You will then proceed to log in using your Google ID
- Search for the Acorn TV app
- Click on the install button to complete the download of the app on your PC.
Watch your favorite British shows on your smartphone as well, just download the app from this LINK