Eye on-a-Rumour: Netflix to Offer Offline “Downloads Before Year’s End”
New rumours have recently surfaced suggesting of a huge potential u-turn for Netflix in relation to offline downloads, with industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz now predicting this much sort-aftered feature before the end of the year.
While a huge number of streaming customers have been demanding this for years, Netflix have until recently adopted a “pigs will fly” stance originally stating that they will almost never offer this feature in the future.
However, since that time a number of their competitors like Amazon Prime have begun offline downloads, along with major broadcasters like the UK’s BBC and Channel 4 providing them successfully for years.
In an interview with LightRead, Dan Taitz said “We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product,”, “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.”
This industry gossip is also backed up by Frost & Sullivan’s Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn, who says that Netflix is very likely to be developing a downloading solution for their customers.
While the idea of downloading within a streaming service may sound odd to some at first, it makes perfect sense for those who travel often, and others who live in an area without fast broadband. Downloaded content can be watched anywhere in the world, whether on a plane, train, hotel room or subway commute, without the need for a reliable Internet connection, or the fear of expensive roaming charges.
Despite these new rumours, Netflix have not yet confirmed this upcoming feature.