Ever seen a cool cat video you just had to watch, but you were on your way out the door to go to work? That won’t be a problem much longer. According to the YouTube blog, starting in November, you’ll be able to download videos to your mobile device to watch “for a short period of time.”
The open question, of course, is how long is a “short time?” According to All Things D, it’s 48 hours, but I would take that with several grains of thought. Their article also said the feature was coming next month, while the YouTube post said it was coming in November. We’re not yet that close to the end of September for November to be “next month.” Hopefully, it was just a slip of the keyboard.
I’ll be curious to see if there’s a limit to how often you can queue a video for offline viewing. If not and you’re willing to go through the hassle of queuing frequently, you might be able to take your video with you almost all the time. Need a quick cat fix at work? No problem!
Apparently uploaders will be able to opt-out of the mobile option, but I hope most won’t. I don’t see many scenarios where this won’t be a good thing since it sounds as if the ads will still be displayed while in offline mode.
So what do you think? Want your videos with you on-the-go?