Barnes & Noble Inc., in its bid to keep up with online retail rival Amazon.com, said it will begin offering movies and television shows through its Nook store starting this fall.
The bookseller said Nook Video will sell and rent movies and TV shows from HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz, Viacom and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as films from Walt Disney Studios. The video can be streamed or downloaded from the Nook store, and deposited in the Nook Cloud so that it can be accessed from Internet-connected devices.
"Our new Nook Video service will give our customers another way to be entertained with a vast and growing digital video collection," Barnes & Noble Chief Executive William J. Lynch said in a statement.
The Nook Video announcement would significantly bolster Barnes & Noble's digital entertainment offerings. Consumers who use its Nook tablet already have access to books, music, games and social media apps, but its movies and TV show offerings have been limited to those available through such subscription services as Netflix or Hulu Plus.