If you have subscribed to YouTube and / or YouTube Music, you know that you can download content that you can later watch or listen to when you don’t have an internet connection. But that functionality seems to have bypassed YouTube TV, with its entire library of TV shows. Well now it looks like they can bring this feature there as well, which will finally allow you to download media for offline access. The latest update will generate a toast notification and check for incomplete downloads, although the functionality does not appear to be active yet.
According to 9 to 5 Google, updating to YouTube TV version 5.06.2 will give you a notification saying “Checking for incomplete downloads” which is similar to what YouTube and YouTube Music get. But there does not appear to be a download functionality yet, but the app networks have indicated that it will indeed make it to YouTube TV. When you don’t have an internet connection, you will be redirected to a download page where you will see everything you have stored offline.
Like other offline viewing features in other apps, you will most likely get restrictions like how long it will be available for offline access. However, it is not clear if all the content will be available for download. Apps like Netflix sometimes have restrictions on what content can be downloaded and watched offline, so since we’re dealing with licensed TV shows on YouTube TV, that may apply here too.
The way it will work is probably similar to YouTube and YouTube Music. When you view content and are “eligible,” you will see a download button there. You will probably also see a download section in the YouTube TV app where all the items you plan to watch offline will be. You will be able to access it not only when you don’t have an internet connection, but also when you are trying to save your data.
YouTube TV version 5.06.2 is now rolling out for users so you can update to the latest version. However, we don’t know when the download feature will kick in, so you just have to wait a little longer.