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Summary:

Starting in November, YouTube creators will be able to add an offline viewing option to their videos, allowing viewers to watch them without an internet connection.

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Want to watch YouTube videos without an internet connection? That will be possible starting in November, the company announced on its creators’ blog Tuesday night.

From the post:

“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.”

AllThingsD notes that users will be able to save videos for up to 48 hours, and that creators don’t have to enable offline viewing if they don’t want to.

This move follows a 2012 update to Google’s Android app that allowed users to pre-load videos from their Subscriptions or Watch Later lists into cache memory. Users still need an internet connection to watch those videos, however.

  1. So, they will start to allow downloading to certain OSes. Downloading is something YouTube has worked very hard to prevent for awhile now, as anyone with Firefox’ VideoDownloadHelper addon knows. But the videos will have some sort of DRM that will make them self-deleting, under certain OSes. Linux users need not apply, right? Win friends and influence people with crippleware.

    1. It is not ‘crippleware’ if you are a creator.

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  2. That would be a treat for tech geeks like me. No interruption! Though we have many video websites but Youtube is still unparalleled. It is an app that always provides what is not available elsewhere. So it’s exciting news for me that it is adding an offline mode viewing option to its mobile applications. Thanks to the ever developing Youtube!

    DbaiG
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