October 31, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Barnes & Noble just inked a bunch of deals with studios and service providers, in hopes of snagging your attention (and money) this holiday. The end result will mean more content for the retailer’s line of Nook tablets.
However, one of the most interesting little tidbits is that the recently announced Nook HD and HD+ will soon feature support for the UltraViolet Digital Copy format.
That little perk is expected to be available this fall in the U.S. When it launches, it will make B&N’s new HD duo the very first UltraViolet-enabled tablets.
This could mean that people will actually start using the format. (Hello, anyone?) Announced back in October 2011, UltraViolet boasts use almost anywhere, whether through a disc, a download or the cloud. Since its launch, UltraViolet is certainly starting to pop up in more Blu-ray releases. Of course, UltraViolet is also available without the disc, similar to iTunes.
According to B&N, customers can easily link UltraViolet accounts to the Nook Cloud, which means you can view previous and new purchases across Nook HD and Nook HD+ devices, as well as through the free Nook Video apps that are coming soon.
Speaking of which, that app will get you HD movies and TV shows almost anywhere, via streaming or download. It will also include content from the new deals with NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment across the board.
“We specifically designed and optimized the new Nook HD and Nook HD+ to deliver the most exceptional video and entertainment experiences available on stunning, high-resolution 7- and 9-inch displays, and we’re pleased to offer customers an even wider selection of their favorite movies and TV shows through our new leading studio partners,” said Jonathan Shar, VP and GM of emerging digital content for Nook Media. “Nook Video is one of the most exciting new offerings for customers to enjoy on new Nook devices when they arrive this month, and with Nook’s seamless UltraViolet integration, customers can even shop online, from Nook devices, or physical DVDs and Blu-ray discs in our retail stores and access their digital copies from our safe and secure Nook Cloud for instant entertainment wherever they go.”
There’s no word on when UltraViolet access will officially launch. However, the Nook Video app is expected to pop up alongside the Nook HD and HD+, when they start shipping on November 8, 2012. The 7-inch Nook HD has a starter price of $199 for the 8GB version, with the 9-inch HD+ starting at $269 for 16GB.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.