BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Which Is Better for Streaming British TV?

Dan Price Updated 30-01-2020

The major TV channels in the UK frequently produce high-quality dramas, comedies, and thrillers. Unfortunately, only a small minority of British TV shows make it to American shores. However, thanks to two services—BritBox and Acorn TV—you can now get your hands on the best British television shows ever made.


Subscribing to both services might be overkill, so you need to know which is right for you. Which is the easiest to use? Which has the best selection of content? And, perhaps most importantly, which has the most content? In this article, we pit BritBox vs. Acorn TV to help you decide which streaming service to use.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Background and History

BritBox is a joint venture between the two largest networks in the UK: BBC and ITV. BritBox went live in March 2017, just three months after the two networks announced the project. They provide a viable alternative to Sky TV.

As Soumya Sriraman, BritBox president, told Fortune at the time:

“BBC and ITV are known for a vast array of diverse and award-winning programming that fans in the US love and want to watch. BritBox offers a single point of access to an extensive collection of outstanding British programming to discover and enjoy.”

Acorn TV has been around for longer, going live in 2013. RLJ Entertainment Inc. owns and operates the service. Interestingly, one of RLJ’s subsidiaries (Acorn Media Group) has been responsible for distributing UK content in the United States since the mid-1990s. It means the developers behind Acorn TV have a solid understanding of what American audiences enjoy watching.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Content Quality

Which of the two services has the best British TV content for you to dig into?


Acorn TV

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Interestingly, Acorn TV doesn’t only specialize in UK shows. It also carries programming from Ireland, Canada, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. The company has deals in place with some of the largest producers in those countries, including ITV, Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, All3Media, DRG, ZDF, and Content Media Corp.

The content offered can be broadly divided into six areas: mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, feature films, and foreign-language shows. Some of the most famous shows from recent years are available, including Doc Martin, George Gently, Line of Duty, and Foyle’s War.

Away from well-known network shows, Acorn TV also makes some original content. Its most successful original show was an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in summer 2014. The show remains the only production by a niche streaming service to be nominated for an Emmy. Other original series include Agatha Raisin, Close to the Enemy, Agatha Raisin, and Manhunt.


Naturally, there’s also a bit of “padding”. We can’t imagine too many people tune into shows like Vintage Roads or The World’s Most Famous Train.

Lastly, Acorn TV also holds the rights to the US premieres of a number of shows, including the final episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Partners in Crime, and The Witness for the Prosecution. If you want to be at the front of the queue for new episodes of these shows, Acorn TV is the answer.


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In one sense, BritBox has a narrower focus: it only carries content from the UK’s main over-the-air networks. That includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5.


On the other hand, those networks are responsible for the majority of quality programming in the UK, so you’re going to get the best of the best rather than a mix of quality output and unwatchable trash. Indeed, one of the claims that Britbox likes to tout is that its service offers the largest collection of British box-sets available in one place.

There are renowned soaps like EastEnders, crime thrillers like Silent Witness and Waking the Dead, long-running family series such as Casualty, and a whole range of famous comedies like The Office (the British version, naturally) and The Vicar of Dibley.

BritBox also excels in its selection of classic British comedies all Americans should watch The 8 Best British Comedies on Netflix Here are the best British comedies on Netflix for indulging in the UK's eccentricities, awkwardness, and wit. Read More . It carries shows like Porridge, Are You Being Served?, and Fawlty Towers, as well as more recent hits like Absolutely Fabulous and Keeping Up Appearances. The service does not provide any content from BBC America.

The company has confirmed that it will start offering more original content in 2020 and beyond.


BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Content Quantity

Quality and quantity are arguably the two most important metrics when you’re thinking about a streaming service. We’ve covered quality, so what about quantity? After all, you don’t want to run out of things to watch a few months after signing up.

At the time of writing, Acorn TV carries more than 250 different shows and movies. About a quarter of them are movies and there’s also a handful of foreign-language content, so you’ll have around 200 TV series to get stuck into.

Many older shows are represented in full. For example, the seven series of Men Behaving Badly are available, as are the nine series of Foyle’s War, and all 19 series of Midsomer Murders.

BritBox has a similar number of shows. The bulk of them fall under either the Drama or Comedy categories.

In short, both services will keep you fulfilled for a long time. It’s hard to accurately determine the number of hours of programming available, but they both run into several thousand.

Note: The number of shows on both services fluctuates slightly from month-to-month as new shows are added and old shows are removed.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: User Interface and Experience

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The last one of the three big deal-breakers when choosing which of these services are for you is the user interface. There’s no point in having thousands of hours of British shows available if you can’t quickly find what you want to watch when you want to watch it.

Of these two services, BritBox has the better UI. Acorn TV takes a “no-frills” approach. You’ll see all of the shows available in a grid. Clicking on a show will give you a brief snippet of information about the series and a link to a trailer (where appropriate).

You will find all of the seasons and individual episodes further down the page. They use an identical grid to the homepage. There is no further subdivision of the content.

BritBox feels more refined. Although it looks nothing like Netflix, it’s clearly taken pointers from the streaming behemoth. When browsing a particular category, you’ll find shows broken down into subcategories.

Some users have complained about unreliable search results on Britbox, but it doesn’t appear to be a universal issue.

Take a look at the comments further down the page for more users’ reviews. Suffice to say, there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Device Support

Acorn TV is available in your browser, and there are standalone apps for both iOS and Android. It also works on three set-top boxes: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. It’s also one of the many apps that let you watch TV on a Chromecast 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV The Chromecast is arguably the best device currently on the market for anyone looking to cut the cord. And you'll definitely need these 10 apps to get you started. Read More .

BritBox is also available in your browser, on iOS and Android, and on Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Other Features

There are a couple of other features (or lack thereof) worth discussing.

Firstly, at the time of writing, neither service lets you download videos for offline watching. As such, you can’t rely on either service for long plane journeys or extended periods of time in other countries.

Secondly, neither service supports multiple user profiles. If you have lots of members in your household, you’ll all have to watch through the same portal. That means no personalized recommendations or other benefits that go hand-in-hand with multiple profiles.

On the plus side, both apps offer closed-caption subtitles on all of their shows.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Pricing and Costs

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You might have started to realize there is very little between the two services. Neither is overly weak in any one area, and both boast several strong points.

As such, your decision may solely boil down to price. And in this arena, we have a clear winner.

BritBox will set you back $6.99/month, while Acorn TV only costs $4.99/month. Additionally, Acorn TV offers an annual subscription for $49.99/year, saving you 17 percent over 12 months. BritBox’s annual plan is $69.99.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Regional Availability

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Acorn TV and BritBox are available in the United States. Britbox is also available in Canada and the UK, though the show line-up is not the same in each territory.

Additionally, Acorn TV is available in much of Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. You can also tune in from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

If you don’t live in a supported country, don’t panic. Neither company blocks traffic originating from VPNs, so if you have a subscription to a VPN provider, you will be able to circumnavigate the geo-blocking. A smart DNS provider will also work.

BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Which Should You Use?

In our opinion, BritBox is slightly better than Acorn TV. Yes, there are fewer shows and it costs slightly more, but the quality of the shows is higher and the website is much more enjoyable to use.

However, your personal TV preferences will determine much of your decision. If the shows you want to watch are only available on one of the two platforms, clearly it makes sense to subscribe to that service. If you’re not sure, sign up for a free trial. Both services will give you seven days with no obligation to continue beyond that.

For more great BBC shows, check out our articles revealing the best BBC documentaries on Netflix The 8 Best BBC Documentaries to Watch on Netflix The BBC has a reputation for quality docu programming. Here are the best BBC documentaries to watch on Netflix. Read More and the best BBC shows on Netflix The Best BBC Shows on Netflix That Even Americans Will Enjoy There are lots of British TV shows available on Netflix. Here are the best BBC shows on Netflix that Americans can enjoy! Read More .

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  1. Nunya
    May 27, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    You say:

    "BritBox will set you back $6.99/month, while Acorn TV only costs $4.99/month. Additionally, Acorn TV offers an annual subscription for $49.99/year, saving you 17 percent over 12 months. BritBox’s annual plan is $69.99."

    BritBox's $69.99 is ALSO a savings of 17% over the annual plan...

  2. christine
    March 21, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Well they both have a free trial ,
    I don't know why people don't try the free trial and see what they like best.
    As you can see it's about fifty-fifty, depends on which shows you like.
    also, you can always get it monthly and have it for a month or two and then switch to the other one for a month or two so you don't have to pay for both at the same time.

  3. Finn
    March 18, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    After three days of enjoyment via Roku, britbox loaded extremely slowly last night and a click on any title resulted eventually in a grey screen.

  4. Pam Rinas
    March 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I'm finding Acorn only having the first couple of years of something and needing to subscribe to Britbox for the rest. I don't appreciate that at all. I thought Acorn was going to be there for me.

  5. Joyce
    February 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    After reading your article, I have launched my 7 day trial with Acorn TV via Amazon Prime.

  6. Joyce
    February 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    After reading this article, I have subscribed to Acorn TV via my Amazon Prime.....starting my 7 day trial. Looks like a large variety to consider for viewing. Thank you for your article.

  7. Rachel
    January 6, 2020 at 12:54 am

    I would disagree on user friendly, I have both, Acorn had much more reliability. While I prefer Brit for shows, it is the only streaming channel I have that always stops. The only way you can get back playing is exit and start over. The continue watching rarely works and there is always a lag when scrolling. The only way you can see all the shows is, for example, I go to mysteries, they only sho about 5, you have to scroll across then click view all. Most everything is set for the middle of the screen so instead of starting left to right, it takes you to the middle of any section. You then have to scroll all the way to the left then go right.

    I have never had any interface or technical issue with Acorn with anything. Many of the shows are the same but for user friendly I am thinking about ditching Britbox. I know Acorn costs more but customer service complaints are ignored and they really do not seem to care. I cannot imagine it having anything to do with Roku, Britbox is the only one I hsve problems with.. Your article seemed more like an Acorn plug than a review comparison.

  8. Dan
    August 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Interface? Acorn's interface sucks. You can't click onto a show from any of the "Schedule" views. Trailers are a random selection, unedited, from the show. Their latest show, "My Life Is Murder" (great show), is not on their Recently Added list and does not come up when searching. I can't add it to my Watchlist (never gets added). When I click on "Recently Watched", it's not there either - and I've watched the two episodes currently available. I have to go back to their email announcement and click on that link. I think they must run this from someone's basement. The frustration is enough that I'm considering switching to BritBox

  9. Donna Long
    July 4, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Does either service include any of the wonderful music events that take place across the pond? I'm quite fond of classical music and the musical genre.

  10. Freyja
    June 15, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Acorn is better hands down than Britbox for variety, amount and frequency offered. Britbox keeps having ridiculous corny English shows that I can't imagine anyone wanting to watch. I've had Britbox for over a year and am ready to cancel it. A waste of time.

  11. betty
    June 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I have had both acorn and britbox and britbox is defo the leader of the two. I watch it daily for the soaps and for the itv news. Plus it has the old shows I like... when I go back to England I will have kept up with corrie and eastenders !!

  12. betty
    June 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I have had both acorn and britbox and britbox is defo the leader of the two. I watch it daily for the soaps and for the itv news. Plus it has the old shows I like... when I go back to England I will have kept up with corrie and eastenders !!

  13. Carpe Chakram
    March 14, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Acorn is not supported by a Samsung smart TV ... you need a stick.

    • SalyK
      May 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      I watch Acorn on my Samsung smart tv. It's 2 years old.

    • Dale
      May 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Acorn is available on some Samsung Smart TV's that's how I receive it.

  14. FLBass
    March 7, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Acorn will raise their price, effective April 3, 2019, to $59.99. I've been a bit disappointed in their offerings and am considering BritBox.

  15. Derek
    February 27, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    "BritBox feels more refined. Although it looks nothing like Netflix, it’s clearly taken pointers from the streaming behemoth."

    I think you'll find oits the other wat around. The BBC iPlayer (the BBC's domestic streaming service) has been around for years and I think was the world's first. It created the global model for streaming services.

  16. jordi
    February 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I was contemplating Acorn until I read some dreadful reviews about streaming problems and very poor customer service and accounting issues. Anybody here have any comments/info/feedback on that?

    • Steve
      March 9, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      I have used Acorn via a Roku for a few years. I have no issues with the streaming quality. I have never had occasion to require customer service. Billing is done in my case annually, and I have noticed no problem.

  17. Josh
    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Britbox has classic Doctor Who. Acorn does not. I rest my case.

  18. Dave
    December 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    You might want to update the article in the section on pricing. Britbox offers an annual price of $69.99 (10 months)...the same as Acorn, in terms of discount. I know because I just signed up for it. I'd bought Vera Set 8 from AMZ, turned out to be a bad 1st disc, and I was really in a Vera mood, so signed up for the Britbox free week. Discovered, too, that Britbox apparently doesn't have "set 7"...although with the difference between what we call a series on this side of the pond and what the other side calls a set, I'll have to figure out if that's accurate.

    I suspect I'm just going to sign up for Acorn, too, and if and when paying $120/yr for British and other countries' shows impacts my ability to go to the Sonic two blocks away for a couple of burgers, fries and a malt, I'll rethink the expense. *s*

    Just my USD .02.

  19. Judy
    December 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Through Amazon Prime, I found that for some series, Acorn charges for some seasons that I could get free on BritBox, whereas BritBox would charge for seasons free on Acorn of the same series.

    I will not stand for this collusion! ?

    I tend to subscribe to only one of these as an “extra” channel for a month when I’m prepared to focus on that service until I watch all the best stuff.

  20. Nicolle
    November 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I have both Brit-box and Acorn and can personally tell you that Acorn is so much better because of the massive amount of content it provides. They both have some of the same programs, but I find that Brit-box has more old programs and very few that I would end up watching, and I watch pretty much everything. Someone mentioned that Brit-box is available thru Amazon prime, I did this originally but noticed that there was a difference in programming available if you just go straight to Brit-box not thru Amazon prime, even the people at Amazon said everyone says that. Another thing is content is added all the time to Acorn, and it has popular shows that everyone will enjoy. Try it for one month at least to see if it works for you, it's not going to break the bank at $4.99, if you don't like the programs cancel and try your luck with Brit-box! I hope this helps some of you-

  21. jon
    October 29, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I just want to comment that both are available on Amazon, so you can take that difference out of the equation, and use Amazon's interface if you want.

    And I use both Acorn's web site and Amazon with SmartDNS, and they both work fine.

  22. tina
    October 16, 2018 at 12:55 am

    I discontinued Britbox simply because it does not offer subtitles. Every single show I watched was designated as captions Unavailable. Useless.

    • Teresa Peeters
      October 24, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      The shows I watch on Britbox are captioned, but the captions are placed in the middle of the screen instead of the bottom...very annoying...I may discontinue the service because of this!

  23. Katharine Vincent
    August 9, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    My question is can you create more than one profile on either of these services? That is an important feature to me.

    • Jane
      August 29, 2018 at 1:36 pm


  24. Will
    July 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I found the article quite useful with one caveat. There is no mention of SDH or close captions for either service. I regularly watch Netflix DVDs that are Acorn products and most have CC. Other, particularly older BBC series, do not so are unwatchable for my hearing impaired spouse. If I knew which streaming service offered captions for the majority of programs I would subscribe immediately.

    • Jane
      August 29, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Both offer captioning

  25. Kari
    July 23, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has both British and Australian series but you can only watch one or two episode a week of each series. And it’s free. I didn’t know about Acorn and will get it since it has more of the PBS series that I like.

  26. Shirley
    July 23, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Why is there a charge for older series of Silent Witness on amazon for Britbox. It shows a later series on the website for free (after paying monthly for subscription). And wants a fee for each or whole series starting with the first. Acorn does not do this. Is it because I pay the monthly charge through Amazon? If I paid Britnox directly would the be a charge?

  27. Sk
    July 22, 2018 at 3:03 am

    I have both Acorn and Britbox. I have no problems with either of them. I have used Chromecast, my Chromebook, Laptop and my phone. I found that Acorn has the earlier Vera series and Britbox has the later, so I flip back and forth. Britbox had the earlier Dr. Who which was fun to watch how the show developed. I'm hoping that one of the two will eventually have the newer set of Doctor
    Who's so that I can catch up on the ones that I have missed.

    • Jan Rodricks
      June 21, 2019 at 5:51 am

      Prime has the newer Doctor Who.

  28. B. Woods
    June 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    If you like the royal family, BritBox has more, such as the Queen’s Christmas address and Trooping the Colours. There seem to be more high quality mysteries on BritBox, too. And BritBox is much better with user interface; i have Apple TV and Acorn doesn’t save your place so if you watch part of a show, when you return, you’re always at the beginning. However, BritBox is almost all TV shows rather than movies. I suggest looking up the best British comedies, dramas and mysteries. See which ones you like, then get the service that has more of your favorites. There is surprisingly little overlap so I have both. The total is only $12 a month, still less than HBO, with all its old, old movies.

    • Caroline
      July 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Acorn saves my place and it has Detectorists. I've enjoyed Acorn very much. I haven't tried BritBox yet but going to.

  29. Nancy Murphy
    June 17, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I LOVE Acorn!!! It has the ideal mixture of old, excellent programs (George Gently, Dr Finley, and lesser known dramas based on classic books - Dance to the Music of Time) along with new stuff from other countries like The Rake and Jack Irish both from Australia and Clean Break from Ireland. Britbox only offers UK material. Take it from me! You'll love Acorn! I'm a real person, not a sales plant. Honest!

  30. Gayle Posey
    May 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Love both Apps, but BritBox can only be viewed if you have a Roku or Amazon subscription, whereas, Acorn can be purchased and watched independently of those. You just sign up at Acorn.com.

    • DBF
      January 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      That is false, I watch Britbox on my computer.

    • Dale
      May 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Acorn can only be viewed on Roku or apple etc or on some Samsung smart TV's. Of course you can also watch it on your laptop.

  31. Christie Turner
    May 28, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Being the Anglophile that I am, I am subscribed to both services. I have very enjoyed some of the Australian shows (800 Words, etc) from Acorn, and classic Dr. Who is only on Britbos so both are worth it for me. I actually find the streaming on Acorn to be more seamless with more buffering on Britbox.

  32. Sway
    April 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    You couldn't possibly have been using the same BritBox interface as me. Seriously do you have stock in the company? The interface is downright painful to use. It's so bad, I search every other streaming option before watching a series on BritBox. It's awkward, unrefined, difficult to navigate. Searching for a show is like searching for the frigging Holy Grail. And as of today season 3 of Vicar of Dibley, won't play at all. So now they have shows listed that don't play. SMH.
    I wanted to love BritBox. I really did. I signed up for a year with the greatest of expectations and it's been disappointing all the way. If they don't improve the interface, I will not re-up. It's just too painful.

    • Linda in TX
      May 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      I agree. Britbox has some things I'd like to see, but I've found that some shows only have a few episodes, and those might be just random shows, or seasons. i.e. Vera seasons 3 & 8. I don't know if it's Britbox, or my Roku, but I quite frequently lose my captioning, and have to stop & restart the show. I'm not happy with Britbox, but it has some shows I want to watch, that Acorn doesn't have. I have both, at this point, but the plan was to watch what I wanted on BB, then cancel again. Netflix is getting to the point that there's little I want to watch, so may cancel that one, and stick with the, what I consider, awful Britbox.

  33. Stefan Di Otero
    March 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    When will iPlayer be available in Canada?

  34. Joan
    March 12, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I do have both Acorn & Britbox, and agree with other comments. Acorn is much easier to navigate than Britbox, and when you pick a season of something to watch on Acorn, the episodes will continue one after the other. On Britbox when the episode ends it brings you back to the menu for that series in order to choose and start the next episode. Also the programs on Britbox are mainly older. The one thing I will complain about Acorn, their customer service is ridiculous, better to just wait for the issue to resolve than to bother contacting them. I keep both simply because what is available on one isn’t on the other, but Acorn is my 1st choice.

    • SMn
      April 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      I’ve been been happy with the viewing aspects of Acorn, but their customer service is terrible if my experience is typical. My Roku has an update which apparently logged me out of Acorn. I couldn’t get signed back in with my password and then started getting the message that the site didn’t recognize my user info or password. I contacted their support online and got no response. After 48 hours, I went in and was able to change my password and get in. 2 weeks later, I get an email from their support dept saying they got my message and had reset my password so I needed to go back in and update it AGAIN. Probably the worst example of “customer service” I’ve seen in a long time. I hope this was an anomaly,

      • ttu
        July 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        Yes Acorn service is terrible. Gave up on them last year and subscribed via Amazon but will go back to direct via Roku. I pay for both Britbox and Acorn, but wanted to mention something I found inportant: Acorn carries some fairly good Down Under (AU-NZ) series as well (mostly crime but some lifestyle too, though perhaps they could dial down Marta Dusseldorp a tad).

  35. Marlene
    March 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    My husband and I are addicted to the mysteries on both Acorn and Britt TV. The acting is superb as well as the story lines. My only complaint about Britt TV, is that after two or three seasons, you have to purchase the remaining seasons. For this reason, I am seriously considering discontinuing my Britt subscription. Once you start watching the programs on both Acorn and Britt TV, American TV is very blah!

  36. Jenny Lee Wax
    March 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Confused! Have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Acorn & doing free BritBox trial. On top of that, we have Direct TV through AT&T & I’m exhausted from trying to wade thru that mess (usually watch things on iPad). Looks to me I’ve doubled up and am getting nowhere other than done in. For instance, I have to go to Amazon and either rent or buy series & movies in addition to the subscriptions. At first on Netflix, I got all the Agatha Christie’s, Sherlock Holmes, etc. My mind is unable to reason now, so I would appreciate help from someone who is still sane. Thanks!

    • millie
      July 5, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      I have only Amazon Prime and Netflix. What i do is look through the movie and/or tv shows on line on my computer. I write down some possibilities. "Then" I go to the website "Rottentomatoes.com" where movies and tv shows are rated from 1 to 10 I write down "only" the ones rated 7 or above and then go back to Amazon or netflix and create a watchlist of those worth watching. I have a roku player attached to my tv and am able to pull up the watchlist on my tv screen and choose something to watch from my watchlist. Hope this helps. I'm elderly and happen to be still sane as you requested so i hope this helps. also I'm considering only keeping one of these services because there's adequate content available,

  37. VeeCee
    February 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Acorn TV isway better! BritBox‘s shows are older. U
    Plus, Acorn's price for the quality and number of shows, is exceptional. Hulu should pay attention!

  38. Libby
    February 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    A correction -- Acorn is also available in Canada (though not most Canadian shows). I have been watching it for around three years. And BritBox is now available in Canada too. A possible -- but all too common -- conflation of the US and Canada?!

  39. linda
    February 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Are you people who wrote this kidding? The Britbox user interface is the worst I've ever experienced. I stream with roku. No episode info on the recently watched, print so small impossible to read on a 32in screen, only way to get rid of multiple of recently watched is to use tablet app. Customer service is lousy. Not knowledgeable, got an email weeks later telling me how to log on when that was not the issue at all.
    Whoever created the ui should get real people to try to navigate this site. It is horrible compared to Acorn. Can't compare it to the new Netflix cause their new ui is bad also.
    The adage of keep it simple stupid does not apply to Britbox. Acorn comes out the winner for navigation and clear info.

  40. Jimmy
    January 26, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Looking to watch ashes to ashes but don’t see it !!!

  41. Michael
    January 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Acorn IS AVAILABLE in Canada, although some shows are not.

    Unfortunately, Acorn is frustratingly unreliable and their "customer service" is a joke:. We have to sign in repeatedly when Acorn "loses us" or simply stops working. Shows will disappear in mid-series — our latest frustration is "A Place to Call Home" vanishing from the Acorn site while we're in the middle of the 3rd (of 5) series — and we then have to wait DAYS!!! for Acorn support to respond with a generic answer that never responds specifically to the latest issue. Never any of these issues with NetFlix but they don't have the shows we want. Please Netflix, buy out Acorn...

  42. Dawn
    January 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    SO I peeked at Britbox looking for Vera, but they only have season 3 and 8. WTF?
    Vera series 4-7 are exclusive to Acorn.
    Vera series 1-3 are on Netflix.
    Once again, what the everloving f-ck?
    Apparently, neither service offers Mrs. Brown's Boys which is just sad.
    Aussie nail-biter Wentworth is only available on Netflix.
    This is very messy. I used to use Acorn but quickly burned through everything I was interested in, at which point I canceled. Britbox is tempting but, I just don't know.
    Although,........I could probably catch up on vera with the Britbox free trial and decide whether or not to keep it when the trial ends.

    • Cliff
      January 27, 2018 at 2:47 am

      Vera doesn't seem to be available on Netflex.
      All seasons available on Acorn.

      • linda
        February 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        Not the 3rd or 8th. Those are on Britbox. I hope there will be more.

  43. Rocky Santangelo
    January 12, 2018 at 2:18 am

    I've had Acorn for about 5 mos. and I absolutely love it. There's enough crime & drama series that will keep me entertained many hrs. I also subscribed to their annual plan.
    Sadly, whenever I've had technical issues with Acorn, I email the customer service but always get very generic responses, therefore, the real issues are never addressed. That's the only NEGATIVE I see with Acorn.
    I've never subscribed to BritBox so I can't compare the two.

  44. Cecilia Williamson
    December 11, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I love both BritBox and Acorn TV! They are so reasonably priced I subscribe to them both. As you mentioned each of them has something the other doesn't. Acorn TV has more shows from the Commonwealth countries of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Britbox has older shows like the Persuaders. I have a Roku streaming device and have no real troubles using either. I don't subscribe to cable TV, and I find that both provide me with lots of enjoyable viewing.

  45. Lacey
    November 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Is Dr. Blake on either Acorn or BritBox?

    • Marial
      December 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm


    • Julie
      January 14, 2018 at 2:34 am

      Yes, on acorn

    • linda
      February 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      No..at least not yet. I just searched for it again. Can't even get it on my PBS app.

  46. KC
    November 20, 2017 at 12:36 am

    BritBox has the content, but delivery of it is an issue. Besides performance issues which seem to be improving, I was amazed when I read your comment that "BritBox has the best UI". You either work for BritBox, designed/developed their user interface, or never used it for more than two shows. What a POS it is.

  47. Gail Ashby
    November 20, 2017 at 12:32 am

    While I was very excited to add Britbox to my streaming channels, I am sad to say I am very disappointed. I am unable to watch a show without very frequent interruptions. I have had this service since May and feel I have given them more than a fair trial.
    I was taken back by the response I received when I called customer service. I was told that they are a new channel and they are working on it.
    So in reality they are taking money for something that is not ready for consumer use.
    I have had Acorn for a couple of years and was not attempting to replace it with Britbox.
    I think that Acorn is the better channel. I can count on being entertained by the best British shows with no streaming interruptions. They may not offer quite as many shows as Britbox, but their well worth the money.
    I hope Britbox is able to solve their streaming problems.
    I may wait a year and try again as I really like the British and Australian shows.

    • Marial
      December 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      We've had no streaming interruptions with BritBox.

    • Laura
      March 1, 2018 at 2:16 am

      I have this problem as well and will probably cancel. What difference does it make how good the content is if the app quits every five minutes and when relaunched takes you back to the beginning?

    • Laura
      March 1, 2018 at 2:17 am

      I have this problem as well. What difference does it make how good the content is if the app crashes every five minutes, and when you re-launch it it takes you back to the very beginning of the video? I’m probably going to have to cancel my subscription. This is sad, because I’d like to keep it.

  48. Judith
    October 20, 2017 at 1:04 am

    We love both acorn and Britbox. Buying Roku devise was best thing. I am from England so many programs are familiar. Bribox does has more content than acorn and complement each other but I think Britbox has more dramas. Acorn has other nations shows (Australian), Britbox is majority england. Wish britbax would do as acorn does let you pay for the year acorn is $45 for the yr and Britons is $36 ($6.00 programs mth

  49. Carol
    October 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I have Amazon prime and I subscribe Acorn and enjoy. I love inspector Morse series--is Morse only available on Brit Box?

    • Judith
      October 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Morse is available on britbox. You can get the trail week.

    • linda
      February 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Do you pay extra on prime including a per episode fee? If so you can get all episodes by signing up directly with acorn for 5 bucks with no episode fees for all programming. Just wondering cause i saw a promo for prime that said there was that addl fee.

      • Rae
        February 19, 2018 at 3:28 am

        If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can subscribe to the BritBox and Acorn channels through Amazon, and there is no per episode fee. However you can't watch through the apps or online. The Amazon channels are separate from the websites themselves.

      • Rae
        February 19, 2018 at 3:31 am

        Amazon has channels for both. You have to subscribe, the prices are the same although you can't get the annual subscription for Acorn through Amazon, but there is no per episode fee.

  50. Monk
    September 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Appreciating that this article was written in June 2017, as of August 2017, one can steam Britbox on Amazon (I do so on my Fire Stick). I stream both Acorn and Britbox to view favorites carried by one and not the other. I don't binge watch so there is enough between the two to last many years. I agree that Acorn's GUI is a bit more user-friendly but it's not that big a deal for me. Subscribing/unsubscribing via Amazon is a snap.

  51. Marya Kaz
    September 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I enjoyed Acorn while I had it a few years ago, but then "used up" what I had wanted to see. At that time Acorn would not allow one to unsubscribe easily. Website "unsubscribe" links did not work & it took American Express 3 tries to block them from continuing to bill me; no one at Acorn ever responded to my emails or requests for assistance. No customer service phone # either. Maybe they now have an easy-unsubscribe button, but a couple of years ago that is what I had to go through. Although I am tempted by the offerings once again, that kind of sleazy business practice keeps me away. I'll try BritBox & continue with Netflix & Megaherz Choice for international shows & films.

    • Mike Armstrong
      December 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Acorn customer service must be handled by a BOT. No human could be this stupid. I was double billed for 6 months (Apple & Acorn) and could never resolve the problem so goodbye Acorn forever.

      BTW - Is The Jeremy Britt “Sherlock Holmes” available on BritBox?

      • Katy Burch
        April 20, 2018 at 9:23 am

        Yes there are Jeremy Brett episodes. Also Classic Doctor Who if interested.

    • Kim Lanc
      January 8, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      I tried it for awhile through Amazon and had no problem unsubscribing. I am now back with Acorn and considering adding BritBox as well. I am an American but find the quality of shows so much better! Better written less violence (not as gory) etc. I love you brits!

  52. Rae
    September 16, 2017 at 12:51 am

    I currently have both Acorn TV and BritBox. I don't know what BritBox user interface the author was looking at, but mine is not user friendly at all. It's easy to find something to watch but then you're on your own. If you start watching something you should be prepared to watch only that series until you're done. Unlike Acorn TV, BritBox does not take you to the last watched episode in a series. They have apparently come around to the auto advance/play that Amazon has, but it is difficult to find where you left off last week. That said, I do like the programming available. A mash up with BritBox and Actuallyorn would be nice, with Acorn's interface and the addition of BritBox programming. For now, if I have to choose, I'll choose Acorn TV.

  53. Diane Graybeal
    September 9, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Will Murdock's Mysteries still be on Acorn? I'm so addicted. Seems like I've been waiting forever for season 11. It's ITV so will it go to Britbox?

    • Sheryl Dahl
      September 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      I am a little discouraged because I began watching the Vera series on my Acorn free trial. However, after watching two seasons, the third season directs me to Britbox. How many services will I have to acquire to watch all of any series? I'm really annoyed now & I don't know which to go on with, if either. It just seems that if a show is carried on one of the services, you should be able to be assured that all of the series will be made available on that service. Guess that's not how it works though. I'll get over it....

      • Rae
        September 16, 2017 at 12:57 am

        I just looked at Acorn's site, and they have all but the 3rd series. You could free trial BritBox and the 3rd, then get the rest on Acorn. ;)

      • Judith
        October 20, 2017 at 1:06 am

        New Vera on Brit box

      • Kim Lanc
        January 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm

        All of Vera is on Acorn she is my favorite show!

      • Julie
        January 14, 2018 at 2:58 am

        Acorn gets my vote half heartedly. I came online to try and find out why the new season of Vera is on britbox when it's been on Acorn, all 7 seasons, up till britbox appeared. Seems there is now part of season 3 on Britbox along with the newest season 8 as those episodes become available. I think it's totally crappy that I've invested years in my Acorn subscription and wait patiently for new seasons to become available. I'm so angry that my favorite program is now only available on Britbox which means I'll have to add yet another service to my monthly too many already. Why would acorn do this? Im sick of being at the mercy of all the monthly subscriptions you have to pay for when there may only be one program your interested in. Personally I am seriously going to purchase the DVDs from amazonuk and watch them on my all region DVD player. Not as convenient as hitting a few buttons on my remote but buying the DVDs is less money and I can watch them any time I want not having to worry if they will disappear like from Acorn all of a sudden.

        • Dawn
          January 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm

          I must admit, although I had given up on DVD's in favor of streaming and digital library content, your idea is quite appealing. I pay for Netflix and share it with family so the expense is justified in my opinion. Not having anyone to share the Brit content with, I think I'm better off just buying the DVDs.

      • Al Bernard
        January 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm

        I watched the first 4 Vera seasons on Tubi, then I got directed to Acorn, which I subscribed to, and have now been directed to Britbox for season 8. Really annoying, but it's early days yet as S8 E1 was broadcast on the 15th, Jan '18, so I'm hoping another option opens up because I resent being forced into a subscription.

    • jeanine
      October 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian show which aired originally on CBC TV so anybody could be showing it. I know I watched at least 6 seasons worth on HULU.

      • Celi
        September 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm

        HULU has added Murdoch Mysteries up to season 10. LOVE that show!
        But does anyone understand what happened to the story line ending of season 10 episode 18? Just seems to.....trail off.... is there an episode missing?

  54. Sandy Hirstein
    September 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I am totally devoted to Acorn and, after reading your summary, it will continue to be my top choice. In part, that is because I love the content coming from Australia and New Zealand. And the price just adds to Acorn's value!

  55. Janet Ronstadt
    September 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I have subscribed to Acorn TV for several years and it is my favorite source for British, as well as international series and movies. They are always up to date on Doc Martin and I love all of their detective shows as well. Their original Poirot series was fantastic. Yorkshire Vet is a great show and am looking forward to future seasons. They change their programming just enough to keep it interesting. I have looked at Britbox's offerings but there is nothing they have that isn't elsewhere or that I am interested in.

  56. Nancy Nordstrom
    August 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Acorn for sure. We love some of the Australian and New Zealand shows. Plus it's cheaper and we find it easy to use.

    • Leon Nocon
      September 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Why is it advertised at $4.99 and I pay $6.99

      • Nancy Nordstrom
        September 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

        We have a yearly subscription which is cheaper.

  57. Pamela
    August 3, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Hmmmm, I love the 'padding' on Acorn. The World's Most Famous Train was fascinating. I'm checking out BritBox too, but still love Acorn; particularly, the Brokenwood Mysteries out of New Zeland. We watch several of the shows produced in New Zealand and Austrailia. Speaking of which, does anyone know when, or if, Miss Fisher is coming back?

    • Bev
      September 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      I don't think any new seasons are planned, but a movies is in the works! We love that show!

  58. Jayne
    July 30, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I agree with most of the comments here. The author seems overly influenced by Britbox' sleeker interface and what appears to be his limited (PBS-centric?) knowledge of UK (Commonwealth) television. Britbox is fine to watch some older shows you already know about, but Acorn is the place to discover the pleasures of unknown and new(er) programs.

    The author also didn't mention that Acorn is binge friendly, giving you all seasons of a program. Britbox seems more like a sampler, too often providing only a few (usually the earliest) seasons. As I suspect he never watched it, I'll add that The World’s Most Famous Train (the Orient Express) is not padding, but rather, like most of Acorn's documentaries, is great for those who are interested in more than just Royal twaddle.

    In sum, Britbox seems like a dusty, dumbing-down of UK tv, rather like what BBC America has become. And at $7 per month it's overpriced. Rather than add Britbox to my streaming budget, I'll keep Acorn and wait for the happy day when I can also get an all-European/Scandinavian tv subscription.

    • Kay Knipfel
      October 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Have you checked out MHZ Choice for your European/Scandinavian fix?

      • Keith Howie
        October 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

        I’m surprised that MHz Choice has received so little mention here. My wife and I have gotten hooked on Scandinavian TV shows (Nordic Noir). MHz has by far the best selection of these, along with a good selection of continental European shows. It makes a good complement to Netflix on these.

        • Jan Paskiewicz
          January 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm

          I am with you guys .... LOVE MHz! I got hooked when it was broadcast as a subchannel of one of our PBS stations (Chicago, IL). But the station has since lost it license... so I subscribed to MHz .... I also love the Italian series as well (OMG Montalbano!) as Nordic noir !!! I also subscribe to Acorn (Amazon Prime) and Britbox .... my original streaming experience was with Netflix. I see Netflix moving to so much original content that I don't think is that good... but I am an older adult .... so maybe it is geared for a younger crowd. I am currently evaluating dropping my cable, going to online streaming and an antenna to catch local news and local PBS and forget the rest... I don't mind the these channel subscription costs as much as that stupid cable bill..... getting rid of it is my New Year's resolution! But I will have to make some choices once I retire (not any time soon for THAT).

    • Diana
      August 26, 2018 at 12:58 am

      I agree with the Scandnavian service idea. Their shows are the best.

  59. Joyce Tracksler
    July 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Have enjoyed Acorn for several years. Was thrilled to try Britbox, but, so far, after 3 weeks, it is a TOTAL bust...The site does not work properly, serving us inordinate amounts of time that the little round thung spins and spins, but never gets you nto the program you want to watch. If, by chance, you actually get connected, in three seconds, you lose your proghram and are back to watching nthe little blue wheel spin around...very very poor ..I have called and called and called Britbox to complain. So far, it is worse this week than last week. No one has called me back, nor emailed me, no one has answered my myriad telephone complains, although each and every rep I have spoken to swears she or he will have a manager get back to me.

    If nothing improves, I will be breaking my sign up with Britbox.....Even if they have lots that I want to see, I am unable to see ANY^THING, as the damn site does not work. I am sooooooo frustrated.

    Joyce Tracksler 207-439-7405

    • Eileen
      September 17, 2017 at 3:49 am

      I agree, Joyce. I really thought Acorn had the worst streaming interface in the world until I tried Britbox; I live in a rural area and have a local ISP, so my bandwidth can be narrow. Netflix and Hulu never have a problem, but both Acorn and Britbox do - and especially Britbox. I spent two hours today trying to get to a prior episode of Scott & Bailey - Britbox just wouldn't let me see anything but the one that followed. I cleared the cache, reset the browser, reset the laptop - everything. Finally, I went to a different browser and that finally worked. That's far too much trouble to simply reset one episode.

      I really like the Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Scandinavian shows on Acorn. I'm pretty sure I'm going to cancel Britbox.

    • David McLay
      April 1, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      I’ve had BritBox now for about two weeks now and have had no playback issues. It is stable and never freezes. My wife loves it and sometimes watches all day. I now have to go to unlimited on my Bell account accommodate. To be fair we have both Acorn and BritBox. Acorn has all the Foyles War shows and BritBox has all the A Touch of Frost shows. So how do you choose? Now they both have all the Midsomer Murders.

  60. Christine Bell
    July 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    This appears to be a Britbox driven press release. Where are all the facts about how terrible their user interface is and how they are dragging their feet at fixing it, and instead fiddling with silly stuff like comic con ?

  61. Marc E Kenig
    July 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Acorn.tv for the win. Series from Australia and NZ, like A Place to Call Home, are great and available there. They seem to have newer content, not series already shown on PBS!

  62. Les
    July 14, 2017 at 1:04 am

    i have Acorn and enjoy it greatly. i am one of those oddballs (American variety) that really enjoys the 'padding' as much as the other content. for me, it's like taking a wee vacation travelling all over the UK, etc. and i do also like the shows from Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and others. so i will absolutely give BritBox a try and have no issue w/keeping both services to satiate my voracious appetite for content from the other side of the pond.

    • Darlene R.
      September 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I too am obsessed with British television. And subscribe to acorn. I know that i wont be cancelling Acorn because I cannot imagine Britbox having a more comprehensive listing however I will also give Britbox a try.

  63. Ima Jean Franklin
    July 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I like some shows on Acorn that can't be found on BritBox so I will keep both. There are a few US shows I like so I watch my British shows between. I have had BritBox for a week so I have been watching it more to see exactly what they have. Now that we are in summer reruns, I am watching Acorn and BritBox more.

  64. Willow
    July 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Since the debut of Brit Box, several of the better shows that were on Acorn (including Prime Suspect, Morse, and the first 6 seasons of Poirot) have been removed from Acorn. They are ITV shows, I believe. They are available on Brit Box. Acorn has really expanded their historical documentaries. Lots of shows about historical Britain. Acorn now does have quite a few shows from outside the U.K., most notably Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

    I don't see ANY overlapping programming. I think this is by design. Only one of them has licensed the streaming rights. Acorn lost out on the streaming rights to Line of Duty season 3 to Hulu.

    Jennifer: It looks like Brit Box has some lifestyle and cooking shows, but Acorn really doesn't.

    • DBF
      January 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      They might be available on Britbox, but only a couple of episodes. And things like Eastenders are not available at all (at least not during free preview).

  65. Edgeoforever
    July 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Where can I see the current Doctor Who? Don't have cable, Netflix lost it - the one which has it, gets me!

    • Flippant Chickery
      July 27, 2017 at 2:06 am

      Amazon had all the episodes

  66. lola
    June 30, 2017 at 4:06 am

    But Britbox has all available classic Doctor Who, so that's my clear winner

    • Mary
      July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Does anyone know if there is a lot of overlapping programs?

  67. Jennifer
    June 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Does either service have the Brit lifestyle shows? Those are my favorites like Bargain Hunt. I don't even know if that's still on the air. Thanks!

  68. Howard Pearce
    June 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    " After all, we all know British television shows are vastly superior to anything the American TV networks can produce!"

    Do we ?
    I'm glad Dan knows what everyone thinks and wants - he would make an excellent "ruler" to determine our needs.

    Britbox is also subsidized by the state (the citizenry) from what I can tell

    • Dave Parrack
      June 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      It was a joke. You conveniently ignored the fact the next sentence starts with "Joking aside".

      As a Brit I'm happy to pay for the BBC. You do know you're funding the production of television every time you see a commercial, right? It's just a different way of funding.

      • Ciara Roots
        July 3, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        I'm an American who is hooked on British TV. There are some wonderful programs made by US producers and I do watch a few, but my go-to programs are primarily made by and feature Brits. I feel fortunate to have so much quality programming available from both countries. For the price of a movie and popcorn, I can order both BritBox AND Acorn!! My home theatre smells much better and is far quieter than the cinema!

        • Arlingtonian
          July 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

          I'm thinking along the same lines. I also like the Canadian, Australian and Irish shows on AcornTV, so I may just add Britbox to the mix, without canceling AcornTV.

        • Kathy
          August 19, 2017 at 4:18 am

          I too am an American who absolutely loves British teevee..mysteries are my fave, how many American mysteries are there?

    • Anglophile
      December 10, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you Howard Pearce!

    • Anglophile
      December 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you Mr Pearce!

    • Anglophile in US
      December 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you Mr. Pearce!