Back in October, Barnes & Noble launched its Nook line of ereaders in the United Kingdom. Then, in November, the company launched Android and iOS apps. However, it seems the company is already pushing ahead with another launch for the UK market. The company today announced the launch of Nook Video in the United Kingdom.
Thanks to partnerships BBC Worldwide, HBO, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nook HD and Nook HD+ users will now be able to stream TV shows and videos directly to their ereaders.
Offered in standard and HD formats, available content includes 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 These can be streamed and downloaded for storage in the Nook Cloud for playback. Support for non-Nook devices will come at a later date following the launch of a Nook Video app.
Barnes & Noble is also going to be offering UltraViolet titles in the UK. UltraViolet, the digital locker based on a 'buy once, play anywhere' policy, made its way to the United Kingdom last December. The service allows users to buy a movie or TV show once and then play it anywhere from up to 12 different devices. UV users can add movies and TV shows to their UltraViolet library via a special code they receive when they buy from a UltraViolet partner. This will then enable them to download or stream a digital version of the content and build a digital library of content they have purchased. Backed by 75 companies, UltraViolet counts Tesco, Samsung, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. among its partners.