YouTube to Start Offering Limited Offline Viewing in November 2013
After long demand for the ability to watch YouTube videos offline, Google is finally doing something about it.
Google notes that beginning in November 2013, users will be able to start watching videos offline for up to 48 hours after they have cached it into their device. After the 48 hours are up, the video will no longer be playable offline until the user re-connects to a network again and refreshes their offline cycle.
Because the content cannot be watched after 48 hours have passed, this is considered limited offline viewing. It's not going to offer the same user experience as YouTube video downloaders can offer, such as YourTube
. These services can download videos that the user can view any time that they want to afterwards.
As for ads, Google notes that the ads will be a part of the offline viewing as usual. Google will do this by forcing ad content to download along with the video so that when the viewer watches the video, the ad will play too.
At least it's a step in the right direction.