Netflix could introduce an offline viewing option

Khushaar Tanveer avatar. By: Khushaar Tanveer
2 minute read

Users have been asking for a “Netflix offline viewing” option for years now and it doesn’t just sound tempting, the feature is definitely going to be a gigantic success ‘if’ the Netflix team decides to introduce it ever, to the service.

Ted Sarandos has recently weighed in on the possibility of offline viewing being added to Netflix and in a recent interview with CNBC, an American TV outlet; Ted had pointed out that they are “looking at it now, so we’ll see when” offline mode actually happens.

Thought the Netflix Director of Corporate Communications Cliff Edward, not more than a couple of years ago, stated that offline viewing was “never going to happen.” Looks has something has persuaded Netflix to re-evaluate their policies and strategies. Tes has also shed a little light on this subject as well, saying that recent shift in company’s strategy is due to “the prevalent downloading culture that’s already a part of the audience’s behaviour”. Moreover, the fact that their competitor, Amazon’s Prime Video is already offline videos to subscribers on iOS and Android devices since November 2015, could have been a big part of supplying the necessary motivation.

“They all have different levels of broadband speeds and Wi-Fi access,” he said, talking about the varying heights of Internet infrastructure found in places like India and elsewhere. “…As we get into more and more (of the) undeveloped world and developing countries that we want to find alternatives for people to use Netflix easily,” Sarandos added later.

For subscribers, the feature is going to be a big appeal to areas where there is a genuine and a very common problem of internet access or high speed internets. Besides, who would pass up a sweet deal as this, which allows users to download and watch their favorite shows where there is limited access to the internet and they need something to kill time. A portable, no internet needed TV, compatible with your smartphone, tablet and PC; what more could we want? Though the content for offline viewing is to be downloaded over Wi-Fi, and to our speculaion, the program will be focusing largely on under developed areas, and not developed countries like the US. Unlike Netflix, Amazon initially only offered the option to developed countries like the US, the UK and Germany.

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