On a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis I was so much goddamn Netflix that I’d actually be mortified if someone ever leaked my viewing history. We’re talking more hours each week than any human being should ever spend watching Netflix. There is a time when I’m not watching Netflix though, that’s usually when I’m on the treadmill and/or on a plane, and in those instances I’m typically watching Amazon Prime Video because unlike Netflix they allow you to save episodes offline…See where I’m going with this?
Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.
“We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product,” says Taitz. “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.”
Industry gossip from a technology vendor is one thing, but Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn confirms that Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is developing a downloading solution and says that it’s something of an open secret in the streaming video community.
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So look forward to this feature existing by the end of the year, that ability to save episodes of Netflix remotely. What’s unclear though is which markets/countries Netflix will roll this functionality out into. I’d expect that they’d start by testing it in the United States but there’s really no guarantees.
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