YouTube to welcome temporary offline viewing for smartphones and tablets

YouTube to welcome temporary offline viewing for smartphones and tabletsCheekily storing YouTube videos on your smartphone or tablet is something Google has long been opposed to, but it seems that the search engine giant has had a change of heart.

Coming soon, an official Google-endorsed YouTube feature that lets you watch content without an internet connection. Well, for a short while, at least.

There’s no shortage of apps that let you store videos for offline viewing, but such apps make Google cry money-scented tears.

Indeed, Google took umbrage with Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone earlier this year, and one of the issues was video downloads.

However, on The Official YouTube Partners & Creators Blog, the YouTube Team gives a Heads up about an upcoming YouTube mobile feature.

The team writes: “We’re always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we’ll launch a new feature on YouTube’s mobile apps that will help you reach fans -- even when they’re not connected to the Internet.

“This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.”

We’re told to expect more info when the service launches in November.

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SpeedyG  Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:27

The evil empire finally sees sense.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:57

The evil empire finally sees sense.
Or, the evil empire will simply download pre-roll ads with the video, problem (almost) solved.

SpeedyG  Sep. 18, 2013 at 13:28

Well Google do have bills to pay and need to make ends meat.

;)

Stelph  Sep. 18, 2013 at 14:25

Hmm, still concerning that its for a "short" time, how short?

Its kind of annoying really that theyre so stupidly protective of content that they havent created, when more forward thinking companies like the BBC freely allow downloads of content they have created for up to 30 days

Get a grip google

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 18:48

Hmm, still concerning that its for a "short" time, how short?

Its kind of annoying really that theyre so stupidly protective of content that they havent created, when more forward thinking companies like the BBC freely allow downloads of content they have created for up to 30 days

Get a grip google

The BBC are forward thinking? Don't make me laugh.

They're the same company who'll send sub-contracted thugs to your house, who will then try and make out that they have a right to entry, if you haven't paid for a TV licence (which you're under no legal obligation to have).

Thankfully, I know better than to allow anyone without a warrant (or my permission) into my home, but I do wonder how many people each year are tricked and/or bullied into buying a TV licence which they neither want or need.

Rubisco  Sep. 19, 2013 at 09:32

The BBC doesn't freely allow downloads though, there's their ridiculous restriction to download over WiFi only.

I have unlimited data you morons.

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