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Potentially crushing hopes and dreams, a Netflix executive confirmed on Wednesday the company has no plans to bring offline viewing, aka the ability to watch shows and movies without a network or Wi-Fi connection, to its customers.

Cliff Edwards, Netflix’s director of corporate communications and technology, told British publication TechRadar offline viewing is “never going to happen”. Netflix had previously given us a morsel of hope a few years prior when offline viewing briefly showed up in a Android Honeycomb tablet demo in 2011.

According to Edwards, Netflix has chosen not to pursue offline viewing/downloads because it’s a “short term fix for a bigger problem”. His stance is that customers will soon never be in a place where they can’t connect to Wi-Fi, making offline downloads unnecessary. I think he’s forgetting about airplanes, though.

Essentially, it seems Netflix may be saving itself from having to go after deals with studios over offline viewing – which is a whole different beast than establishing streaming deals.

As of late, Netflix has been working to grow its original programming, with plans for twenty new shows in the coming future.

[TechRadar]

  • Fanboy 

    By the time I actually find a movie worth watching on Netflix, I no longer feel like watching a movie anymore.

  • Vvbreaker

    Moviebox everyone!!

  • Disasterpiece

    Amazon Instant Video allows offline viewing. I’m getting seriously close to closing my Netflix account!

  • Darren

    Some aeroplanes already have wifi networks though…

  • Chocolatewe

    No matter, long live pirate bay!

  • Ted Forbes

    Movie Box is updates movies and shows months ahead of Netfllix

  • Not everyone has access to wifi at all times. I have an iPod Touch, iPad, and Mac. I often have to go to a city a few hours away, so I’m without wifi then. I wish offline was available for that.