Barnes & Noble Announces Expanded NOOK Video™ Content to Come From NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced it will bring even more popular standard and HD movies and TV shows to its expansive, highly anticipated NOOK Video through newly announced content licensing partnerships with major studios and content providers including NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Premiering concurrently with the availability of the highly acclaimed NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ slated to begin shipping this week, NOOK Video will deliver a growing and diverse catalog of favorite standard and HD movies and TV shows rendered in spectacular color and stunning definition on the world's highest-resolution 7-inch HD tablet and lightest full HD tablet for an unparalleled portable entertainment experience that can be enjoyed virtually anywhere.
Offering instant access to a wealth of digital entertainment, NOOK Video will enable customers to shop a vast collection of new releases, blockbuster titles, popular television series, favorite classics and more, available for streaming or download. NOOK's newly announced content agreements will bring thousands of movies and TV shows for all ages and interests to the NOOK Video catalog, including the blockbuster films Snow White and the Huntsmen, Battleship, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and many more.
The company will also bring unmatched convenience and portability to customers' digital video collections beginning this fall in the US, followed by the UK this holiday season. The first UltraViolet-enabled tablets, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will seamlessly integrate a customer's UltraViolet digital video collection across their devices right out of the box. Customers will be able to easily link their UltraViolet accounts to the NOOK Cloud allowing them to view their previously and newly purchased UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows across 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 DVDs and Blu-ray Discs™ with the UltraViolet logo in Barnes & Noble and other retail stores, add them to their digital collection, and instantly watch compatible titles from the NOOK Cloud™ to enjoy wherever they go and however they choose.
“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, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Digital Content, 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.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Barnes & Noble on their Nook Video service,” said Michael Bonner, Executive Vice President, Product Development & Strategy, NBCUniversal Digital Distribution. “The cloud based service integrated with UltraViolet really increases the value proposition of digital media, giving consumers total freedom to watch their favorite films and TV shows wherever and whenever they want.”
“Quality, access and convenience are quickly becoming synonymous with digital ownership and the market is exploding,” said Mike Dunn, President, Worldwide, 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.”
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 667 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is one of only 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).
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About NOOK Media LLC
NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through free NOOK Reading Apps™ and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products will also soon be available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.