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Nook Video Gets Fox, NBC Universal Content

30 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Content platform includes UltraViolet compatability

Barnes & Noble Oct. 30 said it signed content license agreements with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and NBC Universal for its pending Nook Video platform.

Nook Video, which includes transactional video-on-demand and electronic sellthrough (but no subscription VOD), will be included with B&N’s Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets featuring UltraViolet compatibility and 7-inch and 9-inch screens slated to begin shipping this week.

Nook Video allows customers to shop for new releases, major box office titles, television series and classics for streaming or download. The new content agreements include Snow White and the Huntsman, Battleship, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, among others.

“Nook Video is one of the most exciting new offerings for customers to enjoy on new Nook devices when they arrive this month,” Jonathan Shar, VP and GM of emerging digital content with Nook media, said in a statement.

Barnes & Noble said its first UltraViolet-enabled tablets will integrate a consumer’s UltraViolet digital video collection across their devices without requiring additional links. Customers will be able to sync their UltraViolet accounts to the Nook Cloud allowing them to view their previously and newly purchased UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows across the Nook HD and Nook HD+ devices and free Nook Video apps coming soon.

In addition to purchasing movies and TV shows via Nook Video, customers can shop for UltraViolet-enabled DVDs and Blu-ray Discs in Barnes & Noble and other retail stores, add them to their digital collection, and instantly watch compatible titles from the Nook Cloud with 24/7 access anywhere.

“Quality, access and convenience are quickly becoming synonymous with digital ownership and the market is exploding,” said Mike Dunn, president worldwide of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “The ability to access digital HD movies from Fox through Nook Video complements our existing strategy of delivering the best entertainment experience to consumers and to enrich digital ownership.”

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