Netflix: Offline Viewing available soon?

Lara Lewis

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Will Netflix soon be offering their members the opportunity to avail of offline viewing?

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Netflix Sign – photo credit Abhjit Bhaduri (Flikr)

According to Netflix , it has been leading the way for digital content since 1997. “Netflix is the world’s leading television network with over 86 million members in over 190 countries, enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.”

Once members have an internet connection they can watch their favourite shows anywhere and at any time. They can play, pause and resume watching without having to endure commercials. They have total control of their own viewing.

Rumour has it that we will soon be able to download some, if not all of our favourite shows and movies from Netflix offline.  Dan Taitz, COO of Penthera, believes that Netflix may allow this feature to be available for its members before 2017, according to Light Reading.

Tat says: “My expectation is that by the end of the year, Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.” Netflix have reached a point where they have to compete with other online streaming companies such as Amazon who offer their customers the opportunity to download movies and various series for offline viewing.

During a conference call this year, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, has said that the company needs to keep an open mind about offering their customers the opportunity to view programmes offline. He believes that this facility could boost their customer base, especially for those who travel a lot or for those who experience bad online connections.

Frost and Sullivan principal analyst Dan Rayburn believes that this new download rumour may be true. He told Light Reading that Netflix adopting this new facility is, “Something of an open secret in the streaming video community.”

However, even if Netflix does introduce this new feature, the chances are that not all series will be available for download. The reason for this is that some studios make deals with Netflix for streaming only, not for downloads. As a result of this, Netflix would either have to make new deals with studios or allow partial downloading of available series.

Even though this looks very promising for many, Netflix have refused to comment on the possibility that it may be  introducing this new feature.

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Lara Lewis