Offline viewing for Netflix could be coming soon, but not to the US

Offline viewing for Netflix could be coming soon, but not to the US
When it comes to consuming media on your phone or tablet, your options are virtually endless. So many solutions exist for watching your favorite TV shows and movies, but among all of these, Netflix remains as one of the best options that you have. With a great selection of original programming, wide app availability, and low pricing model, it makes sense as to why the streaming service is one of the most popular ones out there. However, as great as Netflix is, there's one big feature that it's been missing ever since its inception - offline viewing. This is something that Amazon Prime Instant Video has had for quite some time, and we heard a report back in June that Netflix would finally be getting this feature at some point before the year was over. That date is quickly coming up with it now being November, and thanks to new information from Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos himself, we now have additional information on this matter.

In an interview that CNBC conducted with Sarandos, Netflix's CCO said that the company's belief was the idea that Wi-Fi and mobile data connections are becoming more and more prevalent with every day that passes. Essentially, developed countries like the US and the UK don't have a need for being able to download Netflix content to watch it because access to strong Internet connections are so readily accessible.

However, Sarandos also went on to say the following -

What this boils down to is that an offline viewing mode is coming to Netflix at some point in the near future, but the likes of the US, UK, and other similar countries won't be getting access to it. Sarandos' explanation for this move does make sense, but there's no denying that it's a bummer either way. While consistent Internet connections are certainly becoming more reliable and widespread, there are certain times where you're either in a dead zone or your home Internet connection goes out. In these situations, having the option to download and view Netflix content offline would be incredibly convenient. However, as far as we can tell, that's not something the majority of us will be getting any time soon.

source: CNBC via BGR



1. niteiknight

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

So, they're just gonna ignore offline watching while on an airplane? Or when out beyond the reach of wifi or even Verizon's reach? Excuses.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nothing some Blu Ray rentals and ripping software can't do.

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah. Ripping it is. I watch movies on lunch break and my job doesn't allow wifi access. Like the way Amazon offers that on prime. Hoping Netflix would too but guess not.

4. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

As someone who travels internationally for work rather frequently I'm not really surprised. The US gets hosed as far as streaming content on Netflix. Canada and Kuwait bith have better selections.

5. zendeavour

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

Profit is real reason. The moment it becomes more profitable to offer off-line viewing or less profitable not to, you'll get it.

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