Netflix to Add Offline Mode Before the End of the Year

Posted October 14th 2016


via The Next Web

According to sources, the long-awaited addition will arrive for the desktop and mobile applications of Netflix’s video streaming service before the end of the year.

Dan Taitz, COO of mobile video firm Penthera told Light Reading that the company is actively working on it and preparing to launch it soon, calling it an “open secret in the video streaming community.”

It’s a change of mind for the company, after CEO Reed Hastings first said that offline mode was “never going to happen.” Luckily he loosened up earlier this year noting that he is keeping an open mind about it.

“It would be a welcomed move for the company to offer their content offline,” writes The Next Web‘s Juan Buis. And not just because it will mean the end of buffering, or pixelation due to poor connection. He also predicts that offering their content offline would do much to combat the pirating of material, which has been people’s recourse when they want to watch whenever, wherever.