Report: Later this year you'll be able to watch Netflix content while you are offline

Report: Later this year you'll be able to watch Netflix content while you are offline
According to industry sources, by the end of this year Netflix users will be able to view their favorite movies and television shows over their mobile device, even while offline. Dan Rayburn, a principal analyst with consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, says that it is an "open secret" in the industry that Netflix is working on a method that would allow users to download video for later playback.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has made it clear that he has no objection to allowing subscribers to view content even when they are not hooked up to an internet pipeline. Allowing consumers to store content for playback while offline could help Netflix expand its business overseas. In some foreign countries, internet connectivity is so sporadic that users in those regions would be better served by viewing content offline.

Amazon Prime already offers such a feature to the customers of its streaming video service, as does Charter Communications. The latter allows only a limited number of shows to be downloaded by subscribers, and most of them are from premium channel Starz. Frost and Sullivan's Rayburn also feels that Netflix subscribers could be hamstrung by the studios, who might decide to allow only a limited number of titles to be downloaded. Of course, Netflix won't have any problem giving subscribers permission to download its popular original programming.


Cable giant Comcast might be well ahead of the field at this point, with a large list of of content that subscribers can store and view offline.

source: LightReading via Gizmodo

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6 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Offline Netflix? Well, how about that... Looks a lot like this story, doesn't it?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Netflix-working-on-offline-viewing-feature-should-debut-by-years-end_id82553 Pro tip: Get an editor.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Cable giant Comcast might be well ahead of the field at this point, with a large list of of content that subscribers can store and view offline." -FTA Egads!!! What kind of world do we live in where Comcast is the leading example of customer options?!

4. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Amazon Prime does it as well and for some time now.

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

This is everything I hoped for but how will they prevent pirates from sharing said downloaded videos?

6. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

They can't prevent the pirates. They will board your ship and loot all treasures and swindle your women too. Yarr!

8. pctopgs

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

I see more piracy on the horizon

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