It looks like Netflix may offer an option to download and watch videos offline, much like Amazon’s Prime Video. According to LightReading (via PhoneArena), the ability to save videos for offline viewing should make its debut by the end of the year.
The publication is citing the Penthera, a software company that facilitates delivery of TV shows on mobile devices. From its COO Dan Taitz:
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.
A Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn also corroborated the claim:
It’s a natural progression for Netflix to want to have some of their content available for consumers to watch offline, and we’ve been hearing for months now that they are in fact going to roll something out soon.
Netflix hasn’t said much on the subject, with spokesperson Anne Marie Squeo remaining noncommittal on the issue:
While our focus remains on delivering a great streaming experience, we are always exploring ways to make the service better. We don’t have anything to add at this time.