Barnes & Noble inks Nook licensing deal with HBO, NBC

The deal allows Barnes & Noble to deliver films and television shows to U.K.-based Nook HD and Nook HD+ owners.

Barnes & Noble's Nook Video
Barnes & Noble's Nook Video. Barnes & Noble

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.

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