Buying or Renting a Video on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK can work as a handheld movie or television player, and can output most of that material to a larger television screen. NOOK Video offers two ways to obtain video material: streaming or download.

About streaming

Think of streaming as the way you ordinarily watch television on a standard TV set; the program begins and you watch it as it arrives on the screen and then it’s gone. It doesn’t require any storage space on your device. You must, though, have an active Wi-Fi connection while you watch a streaming presentation. And you’re likely to be rather unhappy with the experience if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t fast and strong.

About downloaded video content

Think of downloaded video as if you were playing a DVD or a videotape (remember those?) of content. You’ll need an active Wi-Fi connection to the NOOK Store to receive the full contents of a movie or TV show, which will be stored in the memory of your tablet. Once it’s been received, you can watch the video content any time without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.

Downloading a full movie can take some time, depending on the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi signal.

There’s one other distinction to be made: renting and owning. If you rent video content, it’s downloaded to your NOOK and available to watch anytime within the allowed rental period. When that rental period has elapsed, your rental is over and you can’t view it again without re-renting it.

A movie's description page on a Galaxy Tab S2 nook.

If you purchase a movie you own it and can view it as often as you want; some videos are rentals for a limited time period.

If you purchase a video, you own it and can watch it anytime you want and as many times as you want.

Downloaded videos can take up a great deal of space within your tablet. This is one reason you should buy and install an additional microSDHC card for your tablet and then instruct your system to store video content on the card rather than in your device’s internal memory.

Here’s how to instruct the NOOK to store videos on the card:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon and then tap the NOOK Settings icon.

  2. Tap Video.

  3. Tap Video Download Location and select the external SD card.