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Silver Spring, MD; April 30, 2012 — Greatly expanding its reach, Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV, is now available on Roku, the easiest way to stream content on TVs. Available at and launched in July 2011, Acorn TV makes the company’s award-winning British mysteries and dramas available to the increasing number of consumers who prefer to stream content. Sold at leading retailers, Roku streaming players are renowned for their ease of use, value, and selection of content. Roku works on virtually any TV and sets up in minutes with built in wireless. Acorn TV streams a full season of 10 classic and contemporary series, including many of the best British mysteries and dramas of all-time. A free 30-day trial of Acorn TV is available to all Roku users.

Currently streaming on Acorn TV are full seasons of the most successful British drama series in television history, Upstairs, Downstairs; Acorn’s top-selling detective series Midsomer Murders; the complete series of the original UK TV phenomenon Queer as Folk; the first series of Robson Green’s spellbinding crime drama Touching Evil; the award-winning period detective series Murdoch Mysteries; Derek Jacobi in Cadfael; Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; Masterpiece Theatre favorite Lillie; as well as contemporary detective series’ The Last Detective and Blue Murder.

The first episode of each of the 10 different series is available for free, and, for only $24.99 a year, Acorn Premium subscribers get unlimited access to all of the episodes in each selected season. Programming for Acorn TV is refreshed weekly, with each season available for five weeks. Each week content will rotate with two new seasons added and two removed. In addition, Premium members receive free shipping on all orders from Acorn’s distinctive merchandise catalog and website,

Past series featured on Acorn TV and returning later this year include: Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, Jeremy Irons in Brideshead Revisited, Michael Kitchen in Foyle’s War, Damian Lewis in The Forsyte Saga, David Suchet in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Paul Gross in Slings & Arrows, among many others.

Acorn Media, a leading independent media company that Time magazine has called the “chief curators of the best Brit TV,” holds exclusive North American distribution rights to the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are available from Acorn Media on lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays. Acorn TV offers U.S. fans of British TV the opportunity to stream many of their favorite series, as well as discover programs previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. Since launch, Acorn TV featured the U.S. debuts of Vera starring Brenda Blethyn, Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion, and previously unavailable episodes of Acorn’s top-selling series, Midsomer Murders, among many others.

Beginning June 1st, Acorn’s catalog features a special introductory offer. A Roku 2 HD player with a one-year Acorn Premium membership will be only $59.99; a savings of 40 percent. While supplies last at

Roku is a leading streaming platform. Delivering entertainment to millions of customers in the U.S. and in a growing number of countries around the world, Roku streaming players are affordable, are easy to use, and feature the best selection of streaming entertainment. Based in Saratoga, Calif., Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. For more information, visit

Besides Roku, Acorn TV is accessible on computers, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Google TV. It is also available on any portable device with a browser that has the most recent version of Flash.

Full access to Acorn TV is available to press upon request.

About Acorn Media Group

Based in suburban Washington, D.C. and founded by Chairman Peter Edwards, Acorn Media Group has grown from a one-man basement documentary production and distribution operation in the mid-1980s into a leading independent media company operating on three continents. The Acorn Media Group consists of four divisions. With its Acorn DVD label, Acorn Media U.S. is the leading distributor of British television programming to consumers in North America. Its Acacia DVD label offers a line of original health & wellness programming. Appealing to the growing lifelong learning audience, Acorn U.S. also offers acclaimed documentaries on the Athena DVD label. Acorn Direct is a direct-to-consumer division offering DVDs, digital downloads, and other high quality products in North America through its Acorn and Acacia catalogs and e-commerce websites. Acorn Media U.K. and Acorn Media Australia distribute comparable lines of DVD titles to consumers in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. On April 2, 2012, RLJ Acquisition, Inc. (OTCQB: RLJAU; RLJA; RLJAW) entered into agreements to acquire each of Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB:DISK) and Acorn Media Group, Inc., two highly complementary media businesses to create one of the largest independent distributors of digital and video content globally. The new combined company will be named RLJ Entertainment, Inc.

Press Contact (DVD/Photos)

Chad Campbell, Acorn Media, 301.608.2115 ext. 138,

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