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