Barnes & Noble will launch its own digital video store for its Nook devices, attempting to compete more effectively against Amazon’s Kindle lineup.

The new Nook Video service will launch this fall with content licensed from studios and content providers including HBO, Sony, Starz, Viacom and Warner Bros., the book retailer announced this morning.

Interesting that there’s no mention of Microsoft in the announcement. The Redmond company took a sizable stake in the Nook unit this spring, but there have been few external signs of cooperation between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble since then.

Microsoft has been in the online video business itself for a long time now, particularly through Xbox Live, and some kind of connection to the new Nook Video service would make a ton of sense, at least as viewed from the outside. Then again, so would Skype for Xbox Live and Kinect, and we’re still waiting for that, as well.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Video service will work on Nooks, tablets, televisions and smartphones, and the company says it will release free Nook Video apps for playback and syncing content across platforms, letting users pick up where they left off on a different device.

Comments

  • Guest

    Congrats to B&N and Microsoft on the launch of NOOK Cloud!

    • hpdirty

      Were do you read “Microsoft” ! Its a shame, that B&N had no balls to fight against the FUD-patenttroll Micro$oft !!

      • guest

        They did fight, doofus. Then they decided to settle. Which tells you what they thought of their chances of prevailing in court.

        • Pieter

          And to balance that… Iirc I read something about Microsoft doing another Nokia and offered BN a ton of $$$ and a deal if only they would create a tablet with Windows 8. The statement by “guest” can not be verified and I don’t know if what I recall is true either. But if it is then that’s telling of Microsoft’s take on their chances of prevailing in court. Seems they took that and their desperate attempts to get *any* vendor to come up with a product with Windows 8 and they came up with this gem. LOL. Meanwhile Samsung, Google, Apple and Amazon are making billions every month and are eating Microsoft’s (and Nokia’s) breakfast, lunch & dinner. How the mighty have fallen… Today’s news about Intel’s CEO saying that Windows 8 is being released before it’s fully ready (see bloomberg website for the article) shows how far up the creek Microsoft really is.

          • guest

            You have a really hard time sticking to the topic, don’t you? If B&N was confident they could win, they’d have continued down the legal path. They didn’t. Like most Android OEMs they decided they weren’t going to prevail. Even Motorola has lost several key court rulings and may be forced to license. MS’s first preference is never a court case. And MS and B&N go way back. So the fact they would reach a mutually beneficial agreement isn’t surprising, except perhaps to someone who is unable to see MS in any other terms than an evil empire.

          • Pieter

            We will probably never know if BN thought they could win. I only see an agreement beneficial to BN were Microsoft had to drop a big bag of cash and sign a deal for a bunch of patent licenses. Looks to me like BN came out on top. Iirc the “lost several key court rulings and may be forced to license” refers to essential patents and afaik is limited to the insane US patent system. Hardly surprising that you need to make essential patents available on FRAND terms to other parties. Microsoft is under the same obligation. And I don’t see Microsoft just as the Evil Empire. I enjoy the competition against them especially once a project moves on from slideware to real-world testing where they struggle to deliver on those powerpoint claims.

          • guest

            Actually, we do know because they ended up agreeing to a royalty bearing license under MS’s patent program to cover their NOOK and tablet products, which is what the case was about.

            You see what fits your preconceived notion of MS and ignore everything else, including reality. And no, Android’s courtroom patent losses are not restricted to the US. I’m glad you enjoy competing against MS. And if you present yourself to prospective customers as immaturely, biased, and uninformed as you do here, I’m sure they’re happy to compete against you too.

          • Pieter

            Maybe you are right re BN getting a license but that’s a rather limited view. Microsoft off course has to setup some kind of license agreement. Can’t have a precedent surfacing in court where a party could use Microsoft’s alleged intellectual property without a royalty bearing license agreement. That would be legal suicide. That alleged royalty bearing license agreement is probably going to be compensated by a ginormous please-use-Windows8 marketing fund. Why else would BN want to create and market a tablet with Windows 8 which has insignificant market share, an insignificant amount of apps and an insignificant developer eco system? Not sure whose reality is distorted here.

            Indeed it’s fun competing against Microsoft and seeing the replacement of Microsoft based infrastructure with the cool stuff that drives pretty much every service on the Internet. I read that even Skype had to use Linux for its supernodes. Must drive any Microsoft fan mad but hey I guess Microsoft decided to go with what works. Skype’s $8.5 billion acquisition cost has to be recouped somehow and it helps if the service is actually available.

      • Pieter

        According to my RSS feed it’s filed under “Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Nook”. So I guess that’s what that Microsoft-PR-bot-drone triggers to post its crap. I would also have liked BN to fight against Microsoft’s patent FUD. Another lost opportunity to set the bully straight. I would also like it if Geekwire started to ban those silly PR bots/drones that anonymously as Guest post their pro-Microsoft-crap. Check any story with Microsoft content and there are *always* these self-congratulating anonymous posts. Time to pull the plug on that astroturfing.

        • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

          On the one hand I agree: I’m sick of these as well. It’s not just Microsoft to be fair: I see these Rah Rah posts for just about everyone.

          But on the other hand, I can’t help but think a better tack is for us to just make it not worthwhile by mocking the post and ultimately driving down the PR measurements such that it’s better to not post.

          • Pieter

            It would be fun if every article that refers to Microsoft would automagically get a first post containing “Astroturfing Microsoft PR drones congratulating themselves and yadayadayada in 3, 2, 1…”

          • guest

            Or one that says “troll” and we could all just assume the standard drivel to follow.

        • symbolset

          So anonymous trolling is okay as long as its negative towards MS? LOL. Look, I don’t know where “guest” got the Microsoft connection in this particular story. There doesn’t appear to be one. But you and “hpdirty” are just as anonymous and just as bot-like, just on the anti-MS side. So it’s sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.

          • Pieter

            No, anonymous trolling is not okay. Even if it’s negative towards Microsoft. I’m no Microsoft fan. I think The Borg have higher ethical standards than Microsoft. And better products :-) And it may have been a while but calling F/OSS the C word is crossing any line I can think of. And how do you “forget” to put the browser choice in your OS. To me it’s just another confirmation that little has changed at the Evil Empire. So whenever I see those “Microsoft is great, congratulations, yadadada” from their astroturfing PR drones I just respond to bring back some balance in The Force. And I hope many more start to do that because The Dark Force is strong in Redmond.

          • symbolset

            Um, you’re doing it right now. Just like hpdirty does all over the web. Look, you can rationalize your negative comments on MS stories as “creating balance” or whatever else helps you sleep at night. But in reality you’re just a troll. And using “Peiter”, at least this time, doesn’t make you any less anonymous than “hpdirty” or “guest”. Oh, and Evil Empire? Dark force is still strong? What are you, twelve?

          • Pieter

            Peiter? I only see Pieter. And I don’t think I am nor intend to be a troll. But whatever floats your boat. The Evil Empire references are just for some light reading and a historical reference. You may not like it but you don’t get convicted in the US and France for being a responsible company acting within the law and observing proper ethical behaviour…

  • guest

    You mean Ballmer made another expensive investment that didn’t pay off? Shocking.

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