Netflix Executive: Offline Viewing 'Never Going to Happen'

Netflix customers hoping for offline viewing on their iPad or iPhone may have to wait indefinitely for the feature to be supported by the streaming service. Speaking to TechRadar, Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said offline viewing is "never going to happen."

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Edwards asserts that offline viewing is a "short term fix" that doesn't address the bigger issue of sparse public Wi-Fi access. In the next five years, Edwards believes the expansion of public Wi-Fi and cellular coverage will make the idea of offline viewing obsolete. With a ubiquitous Internet connection, customers won't need to download as they will be able stream all the time.

Instead of working to support offline viewing, Netflix has been focusing on original programming, with twenty new series planned for the coming years. The company also has been moving forward with 4K content and steadily improving its iOS app, recently adding support for iOS 8 and 1080p HD streaming on the iPhone 6 Plus.



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60 months ago
So this guy must have never flown on an airplane then ...
Rating: 34 Votes
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60 months ago

Torrenting is much better than your service.


If that's your attitude, isn't stealing always going to be "better" than paying for something?

No point in even bothering to try and compete with torrents, the people who aren't willing to pay aren't going to accept any paid option.
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60 months ago

To be fair, wifi equipped airplanes are becoming increasingly common.


good luck trying to reliably stream a movie on airplane wifi.
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60 months ago
That's what VPN and torrents are for then.
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60 months ago

So this guy must have never flown on an airplane then ...


To be fair, wifi equipped airplanes are becoming increasingly common.
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60 months ago

Except, in music at least, this isn’t the case, and those who download large amounts of music also buy more music than those who don’t.


Source please.
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60 months ago

To be fair, wifi equipped airplanes are becoming increasingly common.


But I believe most, if not all, US Domestic flights block Netflix and other streaming providers.
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60 months ago

I never said I condoned it or even did it. For me, Netflix has a very poor choice of shows for the money and since I live in an area of rubbish internet, the ability to fully download and then view offline will always be preferred.

It is up to Netflix to improve their service so users aren't as tempted by torrents or free streaming sites. Which at the moment, are infinitely better. And free.


Let me get this straight - Very poor selection FOR THE MONEY?

It's $8.00 a MONTH!!!

Netflix has a great selection for that money... and they have many new, exclusive shows in the pipeline. Since it's not exactly breaking the bank, you can afford to get shows elsewhere, as well, I assume. It doesn't have to be one or the other.
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60 months ago

With a ubiquitous Internet connection, customers won't need to download as they will be able stream all the time.

Instead of working to support offline viewing, Netflix has been focusing on original programming...


Perhaps they need to be working on helping make sure this 'ubiquitous' Internet connection has huge bandwidth and is totally reliable. I see that as a major obstacle to everyone streaming video all the time.
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60 months ago
Oh what a shame. I was totally buzzing about watching the 18 shows Netflix offers offline.

Shape up lads. Torrenting is much better than your service.
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