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YouTube launches offline playback

Released at: 16:47, 24/04/2015

YouTube launches offline playback

New offline feature allows mobile users to watch videos regardless of internet access or signal strength.

by Minh Tuyet

YouTube launched an offline playback system in Vietnam on April 23, lessening the growing data burden on mobile users with Android and iOS.

The new app allows users to watch a video offline on their mobile devices. In particular, when watching a video online and the internet cuts out suddenly they still can continue to watch, for up to 48 hours.

By tapping on the icon beneath the video player a window will appear to ask whether users’ wish to add the video to the offline system.

“By launching this new offline feature on YouTube apps today we hope to help people in Vietnam move past the challenge of data connection, speed and cost, to enjoy a buffer-free playback on YouTube,” said Vice President of Engineering at YouTube, Mr. John Harding.

Regional Director of YouTube Partnerships, YouTube Asia-Pacific, Mr. Ajay Vidyasagar, expressed his pleasure about the YouTube offline experience in Vietnam. “Making these popular videos available offline will help fans connect more easily with their favorite content and will also help our partners attract more viewers,” he said.

He added that YouTube will keep finding better ways to make video content more affordable and accessible in Vietnam.

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