Now that Barnes & Noble is backing away from producing its own Nook tablets, it has less incentive to keep Nook Video as an exclusive. Accordingly, it's opening things up by launching Nook Video apps for ordinary Android devices, iOS and Roku boxes. Like on Barnes & Noble's own hardware, the new apps let US viewers buy or rent movies for streaming; users can also watch any content stored in their UltraViolet collections. The releases may not get customers leaving one of the many existing alternative services, but those who already have an investment in Nook Video can grab an appropriate app at one of the source links.
Barnes & Noble Announces Free NOOK Video™ Apps for iOS, Android and Roku Devices, along with Specially Designed Apps for NOOK Tablet® and NOOK Color®
NOOK® Customers Can Now Access NOOK Video's Huge Catalog of Top Films and Popular TV Shows Virtually Anytime, Anywhere
New York, New York – August 19, 2013 – NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today launched a suite of free NOOK Video Apps for iOS, Android and Roku® devices. The apps enable customers to watch movies and TV shows from NOOK Video instantly on a wide variety of mobile devices, including iPads®, iPhones®, Android™ tablets, Android smartphones, as well as on a TV through Roku streaming players. In addition, customers with the award-winning NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color will now have access to NOOK Video through a specially designed app that will automatically appear in customers' lockers starting today.
"With the new NOOK Video Apps, customers can now easily access the thousands of movies and TV shows available from major studios and content partners on their TV and mobile devices," said Jonathan Shar, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Digital Content, NOOK Media LLC. "Combined with the built-in NOOK Video offering on the critically acclaimed NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+, and NOOK's seamless UltraViolet™ integration, we are offering customers one of the most dynamic and accessible movie and TV show stores available."
NOOK Video delivers a growing and diverse catalog of favorite HD movies and TV shows from all the major studios, as well as many leading edge independent studios. Titles can be easily purchased or rented from the NOOK Store® with no subscription required. Customers can shop and add new releases, blockbuster movies, popular television shows, classics films and more to their NOOK Library, then instantly stream or download their purchases on NOOK tablet devices or through a NOOK Video App. Additionally, customers can easily shift their viewing experience across their connected devices by starting a movie or TV show on one device and then picking up exactly where they left off on another device linked to their account.
NOOK Video's UltraViolet integration provides customers the ability to view their previously and newly purchased UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows on all NOOK tablet devices, and through the NOOK Video Apps. In addition to purchasing UltraViolet movies and TV shows through NOOK Video, customers can also 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 on a NOOK tablet device or through a NOOK Video App, as well as on other UltraViolet-enabled devices.
For more information on NOOK Video and the free NOOK Video Apps, customers can visit www.nook.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops™ and displays in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores.