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YouTube Intros Offline Streaming in PH

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You can now download videos to watch later

If you’ve always wanted to watch the latest episode of say, your favorite tech podcast on your mobile device but don’t have fast, reliable mobile data during your commute, you’ll be happy to know that YouTube is currently beta testing a new offline playback feature for Android devices. The PH is apparently one of the three countries where the feature is being tested in, with the other two being India and Indonesia.

Before you go and download all the things, know that there’s some pretty serious caveats in YouTube’s new feature. For one, only content withint the region can be downloaded to be viewed later, which means anything in the US or other countries cannot be downloaded. You’ll also have only 48 hours to watch the downloaded video of choice, so you’re not keeping it forever.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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7 Comments

  1. ^ There should be a new button on the video page that lets you “Add to offline” that video. Not all videos are available for offline. Probably due to some legal reason like licensing or some such.

    Also, “offline streaming” is contradictory. Streaming means it’s being downloaded on demand. That’s why everywhere else is calling it “offline viewing” or “offline playback”.

  2. Tubemate app is much much better. It can download Youtube videos for offline watching, and it can also extract an audio track out of videos. Google axed it out of the Playstore years ago, but still available via side-loading.

  3. nah
    gagamit parin ako ng tubemate app atleast forever ko ng copy at hindi lang ako sa youtube pwede mag download pati din sa ibang video streaming sites

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