Smartphone owners may soon to be able to watch Netflix without a Wi–Fi or mobile data connection, after one of the streaming service’s top executives revealed the service has big plans for offline viewing.
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told US reporters that the company is currently "...looking at [offline viewing] now, so we'll see when."
Previously, Netflix has denied it would ever offer offline playback, on the grounds that users are never too far away from a solid Wi–Fi or data connection.
However, Sarandos said that because of Netflix’s huge global expansion, it has changed its approach.
Netflix is now available in nearly 200 countries, many of which have poor internet connections.
According to Sarandos, offline playback will benefit users in developing countries the most.
It’s not clear when Netflix will launch this feature, or whether markets such as the UK will be included in its plans.
When it does though, expect user numbers to soar thanks to the ability to nab all three series of Limmy’s Show or the latest episodes of House of Cards, without needing constant internet access.