Barnes & Noble today announced the launch of its Nook Video service in the U.K.
Nook Video is available to U.K. customers who own a Nook HD or Nook HD+. The offering features both films and television shows from a wide variety of providers, including BBC Worldwide, HBO, NBC Universal, and Sony Pictures. STARZ and Warner Bros. Entertainment have also inked deals with Barnes & Noble.
Upon booting up Nook Video, customers will find both new releases and older films and television shows. The videos are available for streaming or download. Nook Video is a partner of Ultraviolet, a set of standards and specifications established by Hollywood film studios that allows customers to buy films, store them in the cloud, and then watch them across a wide array of Ultraviolet-compatible devices. The Nook HD and Nook HD+ happen to be two such compatible devices.
Barnes & Noble announced Nook Video in September. The service launched in the U.S. soon after. Barnes & Noble said at that time that it would offer Nook Video in the U.K. this "holiday season."
Barnes & Noble hasn't announced plans for bringing the service to other markets in the coming months.
The Nook Video launch comes just a couple of days after Barnes & Noble announced that it was reducing the price of Nook Simple Touch by $20. The device is now available for $79.