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Yes! Netflix is finally starting to talk about offline viewing

by Todd Haselton | April 18, 2016April 18, 2016 3:02 pm PST


Amazon Prime Video has one feature that Netflix doesn’t: the option to save content for offline viewing. Thanks to the abundance of Wi-Fi and LTE networks, this doesn’t matter to most people most of the time. But it starts to matter to those of us with long underground commutes, or to folks who fly frequently. Netflix still doesn’t allow you to save content for viewing when there isn’t a connection available. That may soon change, and Netflix is finally addressed the issue during its earnings call on Monday.

“We should keep an open mind on all this… as we expand around the world where we see an uneven set of networks, it’s something we should keep an open mind about,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during the call, according to TechInsider.

We won’t get ahead of ourselves, this is a far cry from Hastings saying that the feature is coming or that it’s even in the works, but at least Netflix is starting to talk about providing offline content. There are probably plenty of roadblocks to address before it’s ever an option – like what sort of time period customers have to watch content, how much can be stored offline at once, and more. One way Netflix could start, however, is at least by making its own content available offline.

I’d totally binge Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on my next flight.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...