YouTube goes ‘offline’ in 80 countries!
By Digital News Asia February 11, 2016
- Launches offline video playback experience for mobile users
- Lets people watch videos for short periods of low connectivity or no connection
VIDEO-sharing platform YouTube has launched an offline feature in about 80 countries worldwide including Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and Vietnam in South-East Asia, as part of an effort to make it easier for mobile users.
This ad-supported offline feature on Android and iOS platforms will also lessen the data burden on mobile users, the Google subsidiary said in a statement.
The new offline feature for the YouTube app lets people make videos available for offline viewing using WiFi or their data plans.
Once taken offline, the videos can be viewed without an Internet connection for 48 hours, allowing people to enjoy videos during short periods of low or no Internet connectivity, YouTube said.
For videos where this feature is available, people can choose to add the video for offline viewing by tapping on the offline icon.
“We are delighted to launch this new offline experience on YouTube with some of the top players in entertainment,” said Sajith Sivanandan, managing director of Google Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets.
“By making these popular videos available for temporary offline viewing, our partners will help fans connect more easily with their favourite content, while also helping bring more viewers to their videos,” he added.
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