Youtube will now allow users watch videos even if they are not connected to the Web. Youtube addicts have continually been bothered with the disadvantage of not been able to save their favorite videos for offline viewing.
Youtube streams more than 6 billion hours of video a month and 1 billion unique users every month and over 60 percent of the videos are watched over smartphones and hand-held devices. This makes it logical why Youtube decided to launch the feature for smartphones first.
According to 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 are not connected to the internet. The upcoming unique 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.”
The third most searched website ( according to Alexa ranking) plans to offer the offline video services where users can download and save the video for offline viewing on their mobile devices.
Youtube might make the videos available for up to 2 days or 48 hours. It’s not unclear if the videos will be downloaded and then deleted or simply pinned to the app but whatever the case, it will definitely be a huge hit. According to reports, Youtube doesn’t plan to charge for the service. The videos will remain free but will still support adverts.
The amount of video that YouTube will allow each user to download is yet be announced, but the feature will be hosted on YouTube’s app on Android and iOS.
Indications from the Giant Tech company is that this update will be rolled out soon, though no specific date has been mentioned yet.