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Google details offline YouTube viewing

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Google details offline YouTube viewing
 Just yesterday, we told you that YouTube would start offering offline viewing of videos on its iOS and Android mobile apps, starting in November. This is actually a potentially huge money saver for those who watch YouTube videos away from their wallet protecting Wi-Fi router. If all goes to plan, you will be able to load up your phone with all of those great PhoneArena reviews while on a Wi-Fi connection, and view them offline without using any of your precious data.

In an email sent out to its YouTube partners on Thursday, some more details of the plan were revealed. In November, when the feature is ready to start, an update will allow for an "add to device" button to be displayed on eligible videos. Saved videos will have to be viewed offline within a 48 hour period. After that time period expires, the videos can be viewed once an internet connection has been established. The videos will be accessible from a special area of the YouTube app.

Ads will also be saved offline with a particular video, and once a YouTube viewer is re-connected online, view counts will be adjusted to reflect offline views. And not all videos will be available for viewing when a device is not connected to the internet. Apparently, Google will leave that decision to its partners. The feature is enabled by default, but video providers who feel uncomfortable with the process can disable it. We also believe that music videos will not be part of this program.

Google has yet to provide a specific date for the start of offline video viewing via YouTube, and we are not sure whether the feature will be available for the mobile YouTube site, This is the HTML5 based site that BlackBerry users, and others without a YouTube client, visit to access the streaming video service.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:33

1. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I m gessing that it will be released with android 4.4

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:43 5

2. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Why would they do that, when the iOS version will be ungraded too? Most phones won't see 4.4 well into next year if ever.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 22:05 1

6. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


He said it will (may be) released with 4.4
He didn't say it wouldn't be supported on previous versions of android...which it will be.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 18:38 4

3. Fuego84 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Tube mate enough said.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 19:05

4. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


That's just ridiculous apps icon clutter for what should be a option in the web browser.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 20:52

5. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


But... it does allow us to download the video no? Unlike google which plans to let us save the video for just 48 hrs. I don't understand this strategy of google... I mean if there are options around for us users, why would we use this new feature?

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:22

7. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


For ppl with slow internet speeds...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:09

8. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You I guess didn't understood my comment. I said, we have an option like tubemate. Why would we use the useless option of youtube which gives us only 2 days to view the content.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 22:42

10. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Ohh,,,well as u know tubemate is not in line with google policies....plus its not available in play store(it was in the beginning)....so ppl who do not want to(or cant) install apps from outside the market and ppl who would like to support google will use this feature if they have slow internet speeds..

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:01

9. 0kax0el0 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Then whats the "Preloading" section in the "Settings" menu? Isn't the same just that now we will be able to choose individual videos instead of playlists o susbscriptions?

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