Barnes & Noble preps video streaming for Nook lineup

Posted by Shane McGlaun

More and more people are using their tablets or smartphones to stream video on the go when they're away from home, and Barnes & Noble wants in on the action.

Indeed, Amazon and its extensive Kindle Fire tablet ecosystem allows users to stream video from various  services, as does Apple with its wildly popular iPad. And now Barnes & Noble is getting ready to launch a video streaming service for its Nook line of eReaders starting this Fall.

"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," said B&N CEO William J. Lynch.

According to Lynch, the video streaming service is dubbed Nook Video and will offer content licensed from major studios including HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, Walt Disney Studios, Viacom, and Warner Bros.

Lynch also confirmed that the upcoming streaming video service will be available on the Nook eReaders,  TVs, tablets, and smartphones. In addition, B&N is currently working to bring more content from other "leading studios" to its Nook lineup, which will likely be announced sometime in the near future.

Nook Video is slated to go live this fall in the US and in time for the holiday season in the UK. A number of popular shows will be available at launch, including Disney-Pixar’s Brave and Toy Story 3, Marvel’s 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, Harry Potter movies, The Dark Knight, The Hangover and many more.

As expected, streamed or downloaded videos from the Nook Store will be stored or sent via B&N's Nook Cloud. As with Netflix or Amazon, the video streaming service will be synchronized across all devices, allowing users to stop and start content at the same place - no matter which device is used for access.