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NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 8. Streaming Media: Pandora, Netflix, and Hulu Plus

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YOUR NOOK TABLET IS a superb eReader, of course, but it’s also a great entertainment machine for watching movies and TV shows and listening to music. Its high-resolution screen gives you crisp, clean video. And using the NOOK Tablet’s headphone jack, you can listen to music or movies in glorious stereo on headphones or an external speaker. So check out the rest of this chapter to learn how to do all that and more.

Understanding Streaming Media

Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora all use a technique called streaming, which means the movies, TV shows, and music aren’t stored on your NOOK Tablet or played from there. Instead, they live on big computers called servers owned by those services, which send the video wirelessly to your NOOK Tablet—when it’s connected to a WiFi network. So if you’re not connected to a WiFi network, you can’t use those services or other streaming media services like Grooveshark or Rhapsody.

Furthermore, if your WiFi connection isn’t a strong one, you may experience hiccups when watching movies or TV shows and listening to music. So if you find blips and delays, try to find a better WiFi connection. If you’re at home, try repositioning your router, or moving to a different seat or room. If you’re using a public WiFi service, try moving to a different location.

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