Nook Color Gets Video Streaming Update

It’s no longer just the design of the two products that makes the Nook Color and Nook Tablet strikingly similar. Barnes & Noble, Inc., the maker of those two top-selling slates, announced a software upgrade for the $199 Nook Color – traditionally an eReader – that will offer new video streaming options, making the device resemble its tablet counterpart even more.

Available now through the B&N website as a download, the Nook Color 1.4 software update adds Netflix streaming and Flixster as available apps, as well as an improved interface that enhances reading on the device. An automatic download to NOOK color customers will roll out in the “coming weeks,” according to the company’s press release today.

“We are excited to offer our largest Nook Color software update ever that will bring access to movies, TV shows, hundreds of new apps, comics, graphic novels and more to our time-tested, critically acclaimed Reader’s Tablet,” said William Lynch, B&N chief executive officer, in the announcement.

Today’s announcement suggests that Lynch may be putting a little more emphasis on the latter term, ‘tablet,’ as the update certainly focuses on expanding the multimedia options on the $199 device. Also included is the new Nook Comics collection, featuring Marvel series, as well as PagePerfect Nook books that offer high-quality versions of image-laden books like cookbooks and arts and crafts titles. The traditional reading experience isn’t without upgrades either, as more elaborate options like landscape reading, pinch-to-zoom motions and varying text sizes have been added.

Barnes & Noble’s Color, $50 cheaper than the $250 Nook Tablet, is the same price category as Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire, the media tablet which has been burning up headlines and climbing in sales. While the Color won’t offer Hulu Plus as the Tablet does, the expanded capabilities will certainly broaden the audience looking for a $199 reading tablet.

Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options