Are you surprised by seeing the post title? It’s not a joke, and it is true, YouTube users in India can watch videos offline again and again without data connection. Today (Sep 15, 2014), Google launched the first $100 Android One smartphones at an event in Gurgaon, India. After revealing about Android One, Ceasar Sengupta, Product Management Director at Google had few words to share about YouTube users in India.
“YouTube is popular here. You watch some videos again and again. How awesome would it be if you could keep watching them again and again without having to pay for data, and take the videos with you wherever you go. Within the coming few weeks, much of YouTube will be available offline in India. This is huge, and our users will really, really like this. You can download a video once, save it to your phone, and watch it again and again,”
Medianama reported about monetizing offline YouTube videos,
What about YouTube Advertising?
It’s not clear how YouTube will monetize the videos that are kept for offline viewing, unless they have a subscription plan for which content providers get paid. Either that, or some advertiments could well be synced offline when the video is buffered, and data on performance made available to advertisers once the device again gets connectivity. We’ve written to Google for more details.
In August 2014, Android Police reported that “YouTube Music Key will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback (for background or screen-off listening), and offline playback.”-“YouTube Music Key will offer a 30-day free trial to start, after which the service will run $9.99/month.”
It’s so great! that India users are the first one to get YouTube offline feature before any country does. Not even, U.S.! Anyway, We’re waiting to test YouTube offline feature once it arrives. No official release dates announced, till then like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter to get the latest update on your feed.