Looking to catch up on the Paranormal Activity franchise? Now you can grab your Nook and hunker down for a tale of the occult, thanks to new partnerships between Barnes Noble and a number of Hollywood heavyweights.
The retailer is bringing more movies and TV shows to its Nook Video library from major studios and content providers, including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pin, and Film Buff.
Nook Video is accessible on the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+, and includes everything from new film releases to classic TV shows, available for streaming or download. New content includes The Hunger Games, the Twilight series, Skyfall, Fargo, Flight, Paranormal Activity 4, Safe Haven, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Mad Men, and Amazing Planet, as well as educational content and foreign language learning programs.
"With the addition of these industry-leading studio partners, Nook Video continues to expand its already robust offering, providing customers with an even wider selection of their favorite movies and TV shows," Jonathan Shar, general manager of Nook's emerging digital content, said in a statement.
BN's Nook Video feature debuted last fall in the U.S., with content from HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz, Viacom, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Walt Disney Studios.
Content is stored in the cloud, so users can delete a TV show or movie from their Nook tablet, but still access it later, or download it on another Nook device. Also, synching allows users to pause a video on their Nook Tablet, then pick it up later via the smartphone app.
Nook Video also boasts UltraViolet technology, which makes a user's physical DVD collection available for digital consumption buyers can link their UltraViolet accounts to watch movies via Nook gadgets and applications.
"Combined with Nook's seamless UltraViolet integration, we are offering customers one of the most dynamic and accessible movie and TV show stores available," Shar said.
Barnes Noble Nook devices are similar to their Amazon Kindle counterparts, but one major drawback has been the lack of compelling content. Kindle Fire users can tap into Amazon's vast network of e-books, as well as movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video, while the iPad has the App Store, and the Nexus 7 has Google Play. With Nook Video, Barnes Noble is trying to close that gap.
The Nook franchise has hit some setbacks lately, however. Barnes Noble founder Leonard Riggio wants to purchase and make private the retail side of the business, leaving behind its floundering Nook division. Future plans have not been confirmed, but the Nook Media e-book, e-reader, and tablet division could be spun off or possibly shut down if the deal is completed.