YouTube to get Offline viewing mode

Google had announced a few days back that YouTube will have a new feature which will change the way users view videos on it. What they meant was that now you will be able to view videos offline. Yes, you heard me correctly watching videos on YouTube without an internet connection. Though it has a catch, it will not be available for all videos and the videos you select to view offline you  have a 48 hour window in which to check in again to continue watching it or will go away.

Google themselves were quite discrete about this whole new en devour, but thanks to All Things D we got a decent idea what to expect from the all new YouTube app. The new features would include:

  • YouTube videos will still have ads
  • Users can select “add to device” to make videos available offline
  • Users have 48 hours to check-in in order to continue watching “offline” videos
  • Does not apply to movie/tv shows for sale or rent
  • Content creators will need to opt-out if they don’t want this new feature for their videos
  • No mention of music videos

According to the YouTube team this new feature will be available before the end of this year, so if the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kitkat are launching in October then this would probably be somewhere in November. Reason for this speculation is that Android 4.4 is rumored to have a whole new Gallery App, so maybe offline videos can be also viewed via the new Gallery. Whatever the case may be this is a very useful feature as not all have data packages on all the time, so those who prefer using Wifi and feel stranded during traveling this feature is perfect for you. What do you guys thinks about this new feature for YouTube. All in favor say I!