Nook Color takes on Amazon with Netflix movies

If you thought that Barnes & Noble had cast the original Nook Color out into the wilderness following the launch of the Nook Tablet then think again because the year-old ebook reader come tablet has just seen its biggest software update yet - adding Netflix and Flixster movies into the fold.

In a move that will see the Nook Color take on the Kindle Fire (and its own Tablet brethren) in the budget multimedia tablet arena, movie and TV show streaming comes crashing onto the device for all Netflix customers and people buying physical media under the UltraViolet banner will be able to tap into Flixster's digital library to view their content on the go.

There's also a number of music apps being added to the Nook Color including Pandora, Rhapsody, Grooveshark and MOG, all available with a free 14-day trial. Plus Nook Comics has been added with access to "a large collection of full-colour comics, graphic novels and kids’ comics in high resolution that allow readers to pinch, zoom and discover this content like never before".

In total, there are around 100 new features for the device.

"Building upon our award-winning reading experience and vast digital content catalogue, 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, CEO of Barnes & Noble.

"Customers can discover all types of interactive content specifically designed for the stunning, 7-inch display, in addition to staying connected through email and the web."

The update can be applied manually now using the side-loader. Alternatively just wait for the OTA update that should land in the next week or so.



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