@da I mean podcasting apps have been doing this for literal decades, which might as well be an eternity in internet years. Millennials are the WORST at application development.
@da Yeah, no. I'm not saying they need to be available offline even. I'm just saying the notion of "I watch all these episodes, just do the download preemptively so it's local" (like you initially asked), and that this isn't a novel concept. It's a proven one in other media forms.
@da Like... Google has the engineers to implement this. It might even save them some money in bandwidth provisioning. Especially with torrent seeding as you suggest.
@saramg They had it in the Android app until 2013. The option was even named "Preload watch later list". They introduced offline playback as a paid feature the following year. However, I don't want offline playback. I just don't want choppy playback due to congestion in the pandevenings.
@saramg but I guess you're right too, in a way. Creators should explore more distribution channels than just YouTube. Podcasts have programmatic ads these days, so they'd just get more potential revenue streams. But I guess everyone's strategy is to get as many eyeballs as possible on YouTube to please the algorithms. Hmm....
@da There's a few artisinal video services out there, but not as many as I'd want for an open web.
The thing is, content creators see this as a problem too, because google can shut down their entire livelihood on the whim of an algorithm.
This SHOULD lead to more people posting to multiple services and saying "go sub on $service or here", but for some reason it doesn't. Maybe some folks have exclusivity clauses that google pays 'em more for.
@saramg That being said, I think it's the fear of splitting the audience in two. That might lower magical metrics like engagement and YouTube may start hiding your videos and then you die. At least, I think that is the fear of every YT creator.
@da You need to pay YouTube a monthly fee to do that without third party software.
There is a chance you could set something up to do it with third party software though.
@gudenau That's not the same, though. Then I have to manually select which videos to download. I already have a watch list. I mean that I want the app to automatically preload the videos in the watch later list during off peak hours. Actually, I want this on the website as I use a web browser for my HTPC, but same principle.
@gudenau youtube-dl could do it, but then I'd have a bunch of files and would need to handle a playlist and manage file deletion and crap like that-
@da Actually mine too. Firefox's picture-in-picture or popup video makes it convinient to watch while working 😁
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