Offline viewing: How Netflix’s hand was forced

Last month, Netflix hinted at (finally!) reversing its position on users downloading videos from its content library. It must’ve been a difficult decision to make, especially as back in 2014 the streaming giant went as far as saying that offline viewing was “never going to happen.”

It was a peculiar choice at the time, and looking back at it two years later it still seems odd. Lots of other big players, including Amazon Prime, have given subscribers the ability to store films and TV shows locally on their devices for a while now.

It’s become a well received approach for working around restrictive data usage caps or a lack of mobile internet connectivity and is especially useful during air travel or with devices that rely on Wi-Fi exclusively. Yet, until recently, Netflix remained steadfast on its decision not to do this – a strange choice indeed.

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Whose live stream is it anyway?

Whose live stream is it anyway?

About eight years ago, while still at secondary school, I was hooked on the idea of creating YouTube content for a living. I set up a gaming channel where I’d include live audio commentary (in the sense that I would talk at the same time as capturing the game footage, it wasn’t recorded afterwards) or post-edit my face, via webcam, into the corner of the video to add that human aspect. It’s quite common now, less so back then.

My YouTube channel did pretty well. In less than six months I’d gathered up 2,000 subscribers and around 400,000 views. I’d started to see value in monetising videos through AdSense and had clocked up about 50 quid as a result of my efforts.

But then I packed it all in.

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Three things worth reading today

Well, that’s it, another weekend is almost over.

As Sunday draws to a close, why not treat yourself to an overview of what’s happened in mobile this week. Go on, grab yourself a coffee, sit down and work through the list. Of all the articles I’ve saved to Pocket recently these are three of the most interesting:

1) TheNextWeb reporter Owen Williams had his Apple ID compromised by a hacking attempt. Without his two-factor authentication recovery code, he faced the potential of being locked out of his account forever.

2) Droid-Life reveals how Google Now is becoming even smarter and is one step away from controlling your heating with Nest. Even for iOS users, Now may become a gamechanger in a few years.

3) Workflow launched on iOS. I haven’t had a chance to try it for myself, but initial reports (like this one) suggest it’s very good indeed.