Friday 24 January 2020

Netflix may be open to offline viewing


Mark O'Beirne

Netflix may allow users to download videos to watch offline, according to CEO Reed Hastings, who was speaking during the company's earnings call.

There may be one reason to be thankful for slow internet – or other people’s slow connections at the very least. Netflix may consider allowing users to watch content offline.

During Netflix’s Q1 earnings call, Re/code asked Netflix about its unrelenting commitment to streaming only. CEO Reed Hastings seemed more open to the idea of letting users download videos.

"We should keep an open mind on this," he said. "We've been so focused on click-and-watch and the beauty and simplicity of streaming. But as we expand around the world, where we see an uneven set of networks, it's something we should keep an open mind about."

While it’s not exactly confirmation that offline viewing is coming, it’s good to see that Netflix has this in mind, especially as it expands into countries with less stable internet infrastructure.

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