First, Amazon announced that they are going to offer a “streaming only” option for Prime subscribers, at a cheaper price point than Netflix. Then yesterday, Netflix had a pretty rough earnings call with subscriber numbers being disappointing, at least to investors.
So it should come as no surprise that Netflix is also looking to think a little outside the box.
During the call yesterday, the streaming service made it sound like they were considering a way to let subscribers stream Netflix offline. In other words, they would allow users to download TV shows and movies locally so they could watch them at a later time without an internet connection.
This is certainly an expensive offering from a resource perspective, but imagine how much happier it would make subscribers who travel a lot. Being able to pre-load shows like ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ before hopping on an airplane could make that flight with the family from Chicago to Tuscon so much more bearable.
No word yet as to when Netflix might offer this offline-mode streaming option, but it’s not like Netflix to hint at something without releasing a product update relatively quickly. We’d expect to hear some more news on this rather soon, so stay tuned for more updates.
Do you think this is a service you’d use if Netflix offered it?