Chromebooks get offline playback for Google Play Movies & TV
As promised, Google is giving Chromebook users a way to watch Google Play Movies & TV offline.
All you need is the latest version of the app from the Chrome Web Store. In your collection, you should see little download buttons by the bottom-right corner of each show. You can also go into settings and uncheck the “Prefer high quality audio” button.
Google announced offline viewing last month during a joint event with Intel, where the companies revealed several new Chromebooks and Chrome OS desktops from PC vendors.
The feature is part of an effort Google has made over the years to make Chromebooks more usable without an Internet connection. Last year, Google added automatic offline Drive document syncing in Chrome and Google Keep for quick online or offline notetaking. A slew of new Chrome apps also work offline, including games, image editors, and to-do lists. Offline versions of Gmail and Google Calendar have been available for years.
One thing that's still missing, however, is a music service. Google Play Music only works online, and the same is true for web-based versions of streaming music apps such as Spotify and Rdio. If you want to listen to offline music on a Chromebook, the only option is to manually load MP3s onto the device.
But overall, the argument that Chromebooks don't work without an Internet connection is looking less convincing, especially now that you can kill a couple hours on a long flight by watching an offline movie.