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  • 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 or ProTube. 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.

    Sources: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: YouTube to Start Offering Limited Offline Viewing in November 2013 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Quade321's Avatar
      Quade321 -
      I really don't understand why they can't just have a full featured YouTube video downloader built into the app. But oh well, that's what jailbreaks are for.
    1. spoon's Avatar
      spoon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Quade321 View Post
      I really don't understand why they can't just have a full featured YouTube video downloader built into the app. But oh well, that's what jailbreaks are for.
      Copyrights of course.
    1. comdorcet's Avatar
      comdorcet -
      You don't even need a jailbreak to do this anymore, there are regular App store apps that offer video downloading (Protuber, Mytube). Strange how they all seem to have names similar to Cydia apps/tweaks.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by spoon View Post
      Copyrights of course.
      Or YouTube can build better security to encrypt those videos when they're cached.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Or YouTube can build better security to encrypt those videos when they're cached.
      This is what I don't understand. Some people seem to think that some how you are doing something wrong (or even illegal) by "saving" a video from a site like YouTube to your hard drive, when the fact of the matter is there is no technical difference between downloading a video via the usual player and downloading it directly. In both cases each byte of the video file is transferred to your system. In the former cases, it ends up in your browser cache (at least for desktop browsers) which is in fact saving (writing) a file to your hard drive, which anyone can copy to another location instead of it allowing to be deleted the next time the cache is cleared (which isn't necessarily right away either and can in fact take a while depending on browser settings.) What people don't realize is that once something is on your hard drive (or any drive/media belonging to you), it's yours to control.