SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Optik TV customers can now watch the best of British television from Acorn TV

TELUS customers can watch free trial of Acorn TV until September 21

Vancouver, B.C. – Today, TELUS announced that Optik TV customers can now access top-rated British and international programming from AMC Networks’ Acorn TV. Customers can access the free preview of Acorn TV on channel 377 and through the On Demand library now until September 21, and can add Acorn TV to their Optik TV subscription through the Variety theme pack.

“We are excited to be the first content provider in Canada to bring Acorn TV in a theme pack and its top-rated British and international shows to our Optik TV customers. As we move into cooler weather across Canada, we know our customers will be looking for fresh new content to discover and enjoy at home,” said Zainul Mawji, Executive Vice-president of Home Solutions, TELUS. “We are proud to offer our customers the best in home entertainment by taking the viewing experience to the next level with access to the largest On Demand library, and by making it easy and affordable to add streaming services directly to your Optik TV package.” 

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the leading streaming service specializing in British and international television with subscribers worldwide including in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Acorn TV features original and exclusive new and classic dramas, mysteries, and comedies including Whitstable Pearl, Manhunt starring Martin Clunes, My Life is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt. Acorn TV adds new programs every week to ensure viewers get the freshest, commercial-free content.

“Acorn TV has established itself as the home of international drama and mysteries for a growing number of passionate fans around the world, and we could not be more pleased to have TELUS as our partner as we grow in the Canadian market,” said Josh Reader, President of Distribution for AMC Networks. “Our streaming strategy is built around a portfolio of targeted services that each deliver something distinctive to fans with a depth and richness they can’t find anywhere else. Acorn TV is a perfect example of that approach, and we are thrilled TELUS customers will now have access to this distinguished service.”

TELUS is the first content provider in Canada to launch Acorn TV in a TV theme pack, giving customers the flexibility to tailor their packages to meet their cable and over-the-top streaming needs. Acorn TV is available as part of the Variety theme pack for $8 per month which includes programming from BBC First, E! Network, CTV Life, OWN, Much, and Out TV, and is available to watch On Demand through the Optik TV mobile app. In the coming months, Optik TV subscribers will have access to more AMC Network content including Shudder and Sundance Now. 

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About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the leading streaming service specializing in British and international television with subscribers worldwide in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, among other areas. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2021, Acorn TV will feature commissioned original series including British crime drama Whitstable Pearl starring Kerry Godliman (After Life), British detective drama Dalgleish, starring Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of popular detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that includes A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest starring Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Acorn.TV


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