Barnes and Noble has been offering television and movie purchases on their complete line of tablets since 2012. The bookseller regularly updates the platform with the latest blockbuster movies, including the Martian, Bridge of Spies, Steve Jobs and many more. Apparently, not many people were using Nook Video and Barnes and Noble has announced that on March 15th they are no longer offering rentals or purchases and on April 30th they are shuttering Nook Video completely.
Barnes and Noble issued the following email to their US customers on March 3rd, 2016.
To meet your digital video needs going forward, we have partnered with two industry leaders to maintain access to NOOK Video titles you’ve already purchased.
- We have partnered with Disney to ensure the best experience and a seamless transition for your eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies at no cost to you. Further instructions on how to transfer those titles to a new or existing Disney Movies Anywhere account will be sent to you by email on or before April 4, 2016.
- For all your other purchased NOOK Video titles, we have partnered with CinemaNow to provide continuing access at no new cost to you. Further instructions on how to transfer your NOOK Videos to a new or existing CinemaNow account will be sent to you by email on or before April 4, 2016.
You may set up an account with Disney Movies Anywhere and CinemaNow and begin purchasing or renting new videos as soon as you’d like. After April 30, 2016, NOOK will no longer support video streaming, download, and playback on NOOK devices, the NOOK Reading App for Android, or the NOOK Video app. It is important that you transfer your NOOK Video titles to the services above in order to continue to access your videos after April 30.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.