Book retailer Barnes & Noble is seemingly gearing up for the launch of its next Microsoft-backed Nook-based tablet, as the company said that a new video service will launch this fall (AKA any time now).
Called Nook Video, the new service will offer its share of blockbuster movies, classic films and original TV shows from major studios including HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, Viacom and Warner Bros. Entertainment. It will even offer your favorite movies from The Walt Disney Studios.
"Barnes & Noble, which is one of the country’s leading DVD and Blu-ray Disc retailers, will now offer an expansive digital collection of popular films and television shows to be enjoyed anywhere on Nooks, TVs, tablets and smartphones," the company said. "Barnes & Noble is also planning to make available content from other leading studios to be announced."
Now here's the kicker: unlike Apple, Amazon and Google, content will be playable on any compatible device – including the Nook Tablet – through the upcoming Nook Video app. Available on multiple platforms, it will allow users to pause a movie or TV show on one device, and resume on another. The new service will even integrate a customer’s compatible physical DVD, Blu-ray Disc purchases and digital video collection across their devices through UltraViolet.
"Customers will soon be able to easily link their UltraViolet accounts to the Nook Cloud allowing them to view their previously and newly purchased UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows across Nook devices and Nook Video apps, as well as through third party applications," the company said.
In addition to purchasing a digital version via Nook Video, customers can shop for DVDs and Blu-ray discs with the UltraViolet logo in Barnes & Noble and other retail stores, add them to their digital collection, and instantly watch compatible titles from the Nook Cloud wherever they go and however they choose.
"The Nook is a dynamic tablet with a beautiful display and we are excited to provide content from Viacom's media networks on this enhanced portable, platform," said Denise Denson, Executive Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing at Viacom. "This is another opportunity for our audiences to enjoy their favorite shows from across MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike and BET wherever they go."
The service will launch here in the States first "this fall," and then head over to the UK this holiday season. Given Microsoft's investment in Barnes & Noble, the app will likely arrive on Windows Phone 8, Android, iOS as well as desktops and laptops. There's talk that Barnes & Noble is working on its next Nook tablet using Windows 8 (Pro or RT), so expect the app to possibly make its debut towards the end of October.