US book retailer Barnes & Noble has introduced a new video service for owners of its ebook readers in the UK, offering films and TV shows via new and expanded licensing partnerships with major studios and leading content providers including BBC Worldwide, HBO, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The new service – called ‘NOOK Video’ – is available on the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ devices, and offers a wide range of titles including popular classics, blockbuster hits, new releases, original television series and local favourites for streaming and download in both SD and HD.
Titles available include Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Ted, The Bourne Legacy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Men in Black 3, Spartacus, Party Down, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Happy Feet Two, and many more. The company is also planning to make content available from other leading studios, to be announced.
Barnes & Noble has also become the first digital retailer to offer UltraViolet titles in the UK, enabling owners of its tablet devices to link their UltraViolet accounts to the NOOK Cloud allowing them to view their previously and newly purchased UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows via NOOK devices and NOOK Video apps.
To watch our recent video interview with Spencer Stephens, CTO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and one of the driving forces behind the UltraViolet initiative, please click here.