Nook Media signs up for more Hollywood content

The Barnes & Noble unit unveils new content licensing partnerships with major studios and content providers including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, National Geographic, and Little Pim.

Video on the Nook HD+.
Video on the Nook HD+. David Carnoy/CNET

The Nook is stocking up on video.

Barnes & Noble subsidiary Nook Media this morning announced new content licensing partnerships with Hollywood studios and content providers including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pim, and Film Buff.

The partnerships will provide Nook users with the choice of "thousands" of additional movies and TV shows including "The Hunger Games," the Twilight movies, "Skyfall," "Rocky," "Mad Men," and "Amazing Planet," the company said.

With the news, Nook Media is playing up the high-resolution screens of its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets.

The company already has a number of video deals in place, with content providers ranging from HBO and the BBC to 20th Century Fox .

Video is a big deal for tablet makers and other device manufacturers. Amazon, for instance, has similarly been loading up on licensing agreements for its Prime Instant Video customers. Meanwhile, Hollywood studios and other content providers are looking to get their video onto as many devices and services as possible.

"Nook...illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities for monetizing our content across a broad array of platforms," Thomas Hughes, Lionsgate senior vice president of digital/on demand, said in a statement.

As Barnes & Noble's financial struggles continue , it seems increasingly likely that the Nook Media unit could be spun off. Just last week, the company said it expects a significant loss from its Nook business in its fiscal year 2013, which ends in April.

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