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NewsPoster Sep 18, 2013 06:53 AM
Google prepares mobile apps for offline YouTube viewing in November
Google will be allowing <a href="" rel='nofollow'>YouTube users</a> to view video clips offline in the future. An update for the app, destined for both iOS and Android versions, will permit the storing of videos on a smartphone or tablet for a "short period" when there is no Internet connection available to use, with the update said to be coming through sometime in November. <br />
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The announcement on its <em>YouTube Creators</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">blog</a> is a departure from the terms of service currently used by the service, which currently forbids the downloading of videos, though it did start allowing Android users to complete watching a cached clip in its app offline last year, so long as playback commenced while a connection was established. <br />
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While it is unclear how this feature will work, it will still have to contend with constraints such as being able to serve and <a href=" obile.apps/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">track advertising</a>, as well as possible copyright issues from users taking the downloaded video for more permanent storage. More details have been promised closer to launch.
burger Sep 18, 2013 02:45 PM
How about they fix their lousy compression algorithm and work to increase bandwidth instead of passing off an attempt to reduce server load as a feature!
besson3c Sep 18, 2013 03:55 PM
If their compression and content delivery is bad, what is better? YouTube is pretty magical.
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