We all love Youtube videos, whether it be videos of cats or something a little more highbrow. Currently the only way to watch YouTube videos is with an internet connection but it looks like that could be changing. YouTube are going to be offering download features for videos via their mobile apps so you can watch them in places where you haven’t got an internet connection (like a plane). Downloaded videos will be available for 48 hours and be free with Google’s normal advertising on the video.
This will be the first time Google have officially offered offline viewing of YouTube videos, there are work arounds but this will be built into their Android and iOS apps.
The offline video features are coming in November, details on the YouTube blog:
We’re always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we’ll launch a new feature on YouTube’s mobile apps that will help you reach fans — even when they’re not connected to the Internet.
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.
This is part of our ongoing updates to give people more opportunities to enjoy videos and channels on YouTube mobile. Check out the YouTube blog when this launches in November for more details on how this will work for viewers.