Barnes & Noble Banks on Upcoming Nook Video Service to Compete with Amazon

Paul Lilly

At this point, Barnes & Noble isn't fashionably late to the streaming video party, it's just downright late. Better late than never, though, right? Along that line of thinking, B&N today announced its Nook Video service, which will premier sometime this fall. B&N already has movies and TV shows lined up from major studios, including HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, Viacom, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, to name a few. The service will also stream select Disney titles, the company said.

"As one of the world’s largest retailers of physical video discs and digital copyrighted content, our new Nook Video service will give our customers another way to be entertained with a vast and growing digital video collection, as part of our expansive Nook Store," said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. "The launch of our new digital video service with our long-time studio partners allows us to bring award-winning current and classic movies, TV shows, documentaries and more to millions of customers’ screens, coming soon."

Nook Video won't be an exclusive service to just Nook owners; it will also be available on TVs, tablets, and smartphones. Videos that are streamed, downloaded, or purchased from the Nook Store will be held in the Nook Cloud, allowing customers to access their content on devices that support the soon-to-launch (and free) Nook Video app.

Some of the titles B&N specifically mentioned as being available include Brave, Toy Story 3, The Avengers, 21 Jump Street, Awkward, The ARtist, Breaking Bad, Dora the Explorer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Spartacus, Magic City, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Game of Thrones, all Harry Potter movies, The Dark Night, The Hangover, and more.

Cost of the Nook Video service has not yet been announced.

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