Feeds

Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

Plugin allows users to save and watch Play titles without connection

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Google has released a plugin for its Chrome OS platform that will allow users to view video content from the Play Store without the need for an internet connection.

The company said that the Google Play Movies & TV Chrome app will now support local storage and playback of video, allowing users to view content from the Play service even when they are offline.

"In addition to offline mode on Chrome OS, it also brings Info Cards and an improved Chromecast and local playback experience to anyone watching movies through the Chrome browser," Google said in announcing the release of the plug-in.

Currently, the plug-in is limited to Chrome OS devices, such as Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Users running the Chrome browser on other platforms and devices will still need a network connection in order to watch content from the Play service.

The update will allow Chromebook owners to enjoy the offline video feature that rival platforms such as iTunes offer to users who purchase and download their video content. While Wi-Fi connectivity in becoming increasingly common in public locations, there are still situations in which being able to watch offline is necessary.

Meanwhile, the range of available Chromebook models continues to grow, with Google steadily expanding their availability to new markets.

The platform got a boost earlier this year when Intel announced that it would partner with Google on an effort to put new Bay Trail SoC models in Chromebook systems. Typically priced at the low end, the Chromebook platform relies primarily on streaming content and web-based apps. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Dragon Age Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...
Bioware's fantasy forces in fine fettle
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.