NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will supply standard definition and HD movies and TV shows to the NOOK Video download and rental service — just as Barnes & Noble prepares this week to ship its NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets and offer them in its stores. The bookstore retailer’s release skimps on details about the agreements, including how much content the studios will provide, how much titles might cost, and what other devices might be able to handle Nook Video streams and downloads. But it says that titles include Snow White And The Huntsman, Battleship, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Along with its previous deals with HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, Viacom, Warner Bros, and Disney, Barnes & Noble says it will offer “thousands of movies and TV shows for all ages and interests.” The new agreements, and tablets, also are designed to make it easy for NOOK owners to stream videos from their UltraViolet accounts.
As for the tablets: The NOOK HD has a 7-inch screen and weighs 11.1 oz, which B&N says is 20% lighter than its chief competitor, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. A model with 8 GB of memory costs $199 while one with 16 GB goes for $229. And the NOOK HD+ has a 9-inch display and weighs 18.2 oz, making it “the lightest full HD Tablet ever invented.” It costs $269 with 16GB of memory and $299 with 32GB.