Although some streaming services already offer offline viewing options like the BBC’s iPlayer or the 4oD, Netflix has yet to come close to that. And it seems that it will not.
In an interview with TechRadar, Netflix’s director of corporate communications and technology, Cliff Edwards, said this “will never happen”. According to Edwards, watching content offline is “a short-term solution to a bigger problem”, which is the problem of Wi-Fi access and quality.
This is not the first time the service has stated this and, in the coming years, the company hopes to encourage the improvement of Wi-Fi, especially in transport. Edwards still believes that in five years, the term “watch offline” will no longer exist.