Acorn TV's Record-Breaking Year With Exclusive North American Premieres of Hit British Mysteries and Dramas

Acorn TV's Record-Breaking Year With Exclusive North American Premieres of Hit
British Mysteries and Dramas

  'Best British TV' Streaming Service Triples Subscribers and Grows 475% in
                                 Weekly Views

   On Track for Groundbreaking 2014 With Even More Exclusive Premieres and
                     Availability on Additional Platforms

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the growing
excitement surrounding British television and its reputation for brilliant
casts, sumptuous costumes and well-written storylines, Acorn TV, the first
streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America, achieves
a record-breaking year. Acorn TV, RLJ Entertainment's (Nasdaq:RLJE) first
proprietary digital channel, tripled its subscribers, reached nearly four
million website visits to www.Acorn.TV, and, in just the last six months, has
grown 475% in weekly views. The North American premiere of smash hit UK series
Doc Martin, Series 6, among others exclusives, and its growing marketing
outreach for its popular Roku and online channels were instrumental in Acorn
TV's success in 2013. 2014 is looking to be another record year with more
exclusive premieres, including episodes from the final series of Agatha
Christie's Poirot; and increased availability on additional devices.

In fall 2013, the exclusive premiere of Doc Martin, Series 6 set a new record
for Acorn TV with more than a quarter of a million views during its initial
eight-week debut. Doc Martin is one of the biggest success stories on public
television in recent years, and, in the U.K., it's among ITV's highest-rated
dramas with more than 10 million viewers. Additionally in 2013, Acorn TV
introduced North American viewers to a diverse assortment of exclusive
premieres, including Australian noir Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce;
archaeological reality series Time Team, UK hit series Vera starring two-time
Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn; new episodes of its longtime, bestselling series
Midsomer Murders; as well as streaming the newest episodes of universally
acclaimed detective series Foyle's War, to which RLJ Entertainment owns all
rights to.

Acorn TV began 2014 with the exclusive debut of hit Australian period mystery
series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 2. Coming in February, Acorn TV
features another Jack Irish TV movie, more feature-length episodes from 1960s
set mystery series George Gently, and new sitcom You, Me & Them starring
Anthony Head and Lindsay Duncan. Beginning in summer 2014, the "Best British
TV" streaming service features the final episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot,
which will conclude David Suchet's iconic portrayal of Poirot in all 70
adaptations.

Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, Inc., said, "RLJ
Entertainment has worked aggressively the last 2 years to create and program a
subscription service that can fill the void for the millions of Americans
craving high quality British content. With tripling our subscriber base and
reaching record-setting views, 2013 was a breakthrough year for Acorn TV. With
even more exclusive content and platforms, 2014 will be another groundbreaking
year for Acorn TV."

Available at www.Acorn.TV and via its Roku channel, Acorn TV streams more than
80 mysteries, period dramas, documentaries and comedies, with more than half
streaming exclusively on Acorn TV. Acorn TV adds at least six series each
month and offers consumers a 30-day free trial.

Acorn TV is accessible on the #1 streaming player, Roku, as well as computers,
and through the browsers on iPhones and iPads. It is also available on many
other portable devices. In the coming months, Acorn TV will be available on
many more platforms, including an iOS app, and Samsung Smart TV and Blu-ray
players.

Called the "chief curators of the best Brit TV" by TIME magazine, RLJ
Entertainment's Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights
to many of the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are available
for streaming on Acorn TV and from Acorn in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays.
RLJ Entertainment also manages the literary estate of Agatha Christie, the
best-selling novelist of all time.


Full access to Acorn TV is available to press upon request.
To watch Acorn TV via computers, iPhones, iPads, etc.: www.Acorn.TV
To add the Acorn TV channel on your Roku: https://owner.roku.com/add/acorntv

About Acorn TV

Launched in July 2011 and available at www.Acorn.TV, Acorn TV is the first
British TV focused streaming service in North America. Acorn TV offers a free
30-day trial and thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Acorn TV
subscribers also receive free shipping on all orders from Acorn's catalog and
website, AcornOnline.com.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns
64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some
of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic
sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business,
RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct
audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing
interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia
brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

CONTACT: Press Contact:
         RLJ Entertainment, Chad Campbell,
         301.608.2115 *138, ccampbell@rljentertainment.com

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