Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Offline viewing set to arrive on NOW TV before Christmas

NOW TV has said that the ability to download shows and watch them offline on mobile devices will finally come to the platform before Christmas.

The Sky-owned service first announced plans for this back in January when it launched the NOW TV Streaming Stick, with a promise that it would be coming before the end of 2018, but since then, little has been heard about these plans. However, the company has now confirmed in a statement to T3 that the long-awaited feature will arrive in just a few weeks.

A spokesperson for Sky told the website: "We will be launching downloads across our Entertainment, Cinema and Hayu Passes for mobile and tablet devices before Christmas."

Users will be able to download content to enjoy offline via the NOW TV app on both iOS and Android, with available shows and box sets having a download icon in the corner of the screen. 

Once this has finished, users will have 30 days to begin watching the content, and will have 48 hours to view it once they have started playback before it is automatically deleted.

T3 notes, however, there are a few restrictions that will come with this. For example, users will only be able to download the same episode of a TV show twice to watch offline, after which they will only be able to stream it. There is also no ability to transfer a downloaded show onto another device.

Finally, rights issues mean that Sky is unable to offer every show it has available on its streaming service for download. It may not always be obvious which shows can and cannot be downloaded, but if the download icon is greyed out on certain shows, this will be why.

The arrival of offline viewing may come at a good time for new NOW TV customers, as the company is currently offering 50 per cent off Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema passes for the service for a limited time.

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