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Allow download of videos for non-owners
 06-20-2017
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It would be great if we can not only stream / embed or share a movie but also download a movie for offline use, even if you aren't the owner of the video and you aren't using a mobile app.

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really need to be able to download videos for offsite playback

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As per other comments, the ability for people to download some content is really important.  In Office365 Video, this was quite a blunt control at the channel level (either Owners only, Owners and Reviewers, or All viewers).  Stream feels like it should have the ability to make this much more fine grained (i.e. at the individual video level), but we definitely need it!

 

With the ability for people to create "watchlists", you could imagine it being a pretty obvious choice to allow batch downloading from the watchlist too (for those videos where you have download permission).

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@Vishal Sood

 

There needs to be a separation of Owner permissions and download capability.

In order to enable our global staff (often in regions with poor connectivity) to download and view in-house-created videos offline, we would have to make the staff (as a group) owners of the videos. However, this gives all group members editing and deleting rights, which is of course not desirable.

 

Given that only our staff can access our Stream site, then IP is not an issue for us. 

 

Frequent Visitor

Good day.
It is ver important for internal companies demos, presentation and so on. Just need to be displayed for the members of any allowed user or selected by the owner if the download button is enable or not. Please, make it so.
TIA

New Contributor

The download option is great for channel owners I am more interested in the try Offline Playback that would have authentication so only authorized users can view offline. @Vishal do you know if this is going to be something that will be added to the Roadmap for customers to plan against. We are currently considering stream but this feature along with more languages for CC and 360 capabilities are holding us back. If we knew timelines we might be able to still consider Stream knowing it was coming.

Occasional Contributor

I agree a download function and preferrably one that allows to download in some basic formats like mobile, 720p, 1080p and 4k would be most handy for or sales personel on the field.

Occasional Contributor

Hello @Vishal Sood, we wonder the same as Daniel THSIN in our organisation ? From our perspective the owner of the video is the person who has the least use to download it (after all he/she uploaded it in the first place). We need the download feature for all our users that want to include the video in a presentation like say in a Powerpoint.

Occasional Contributor

absolutely essential

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Without the ability to download videos for offline use when, for example on site at a client site with no internet access users will find alternative places to store videos.  I am currently fending off the idea of using a SharePoint Asset library as a storage location for downloadable videos.  This NEEDS to be in place before the switch from 'Video' to 'Stream' happens.

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We need all internal users to be able to download.   I hope this is something that is coming.   We are looking to consolidate all company videos onto Stream, but this is holding us back.

 

thanks!

Occasional Visitor

It is a great step forward having a download as owner, however we need our marketing team to be able to download video's for the retail stores whilst onsite. We use stream for the video portal of marketing data for our retailers. Currently we have are adding externals with Kiosk licences to get around this, however the download function comes heavily into play when you have to create everyone as an owner and no restore if deleted. Becomes risky internally and externally

We need the ability for viewers to be able to download the video for offline use. I would like to use this product as a centralized storage location for training videos. A lot of our users will be viewing the video over a cellular data connection and may have to refer to the video more than once. Please add this feature.

 

I would also like to see the ability to host like streams like GoToWebinar offers.

 

Thank you,


Corey

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Hi all,

 

As we do not have an integrated podcast service within Office 365, we are testing Stream to offer this capability by converting of course the mp3 to mp4 with the same quality of streaming.

Having the download button available for all (or at least optional feature actionable by the admin of the group/channel) will offer the capability to any user to download this mp4-podcast file and play it offline on their mobile for example. 

 

It will be great to have it soon if possible! Thanks. 

Jerome 

Occasional Visitor

The main reason this is not done seems to be ensuring video viewing is secured. 

 

But does that need to be resolved? 

 

If the owner can control whether viewers can download the video, surely that is enough. 

Occasional Contributor

I just want to update you all the patience in the board of our corporate group is over. They have instructed us to move our corporate videos to another solution that allows the employees working on the field to download videos for offline use. Issues like this keeps piling up and confidence with the 365 platform drops. I hope you can get on track and fix the annoying oversights and glitches soon.

 

If you can not fix downloading, maybe you can add some feature to powerpoint and other apps for mobile devices to include and embed videos in the presentations for offline playback. That is the core problem. Salesmen working the field often have to visit customers that have strict wifi-policies or bad net performance that makes using web content impossible.


 

 

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As noticed on the Microsoft Roadmap dashboard, some good news on this topic are coming soon!Stream 2018.png

 

Senior Member

I agree...offline viewing is becoming a norm considering the combination of mobile, streaming, and data rates. We don't need to download the video and handle as an individual file, but rather download to view offline, even if within the Stream app (similar to Netflix, YouTube Premium, and Prime)

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Hello

Our organisation also need to access the videos offline when working in regional areas of Australia and is super important that they can download them directly if given the right permission. 

I don't think giving the access to stream offline only on mobile is a good resource for the kind of work a lot of organisations are doing. 

Are there any updates on when this feature will be available? 

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Agree with the other comments, a download option to watch videos on your laptop does make sense and is required by our customers as well. Nevertheless security concerns are valid and need to be considered

 

In my opinion a good solution would be a general switch for Stream administrators for enabling downloads (e.g. disabled / only in app / enabled). Depending on this setting, video owners can choose an option for their videos (without overruling the general setting, i.e. I cannot enable general downloads if the administrator has set this globally to "only for managed devices/apps").

Microsoft

It is a show stopper for us in the PFE and consulting role that are constantly on the road. We definitely need a way to be able to download the videos from Stream.  

Senior Member

Our company needs the "download for everyone" feature so that they can use it on their presentations for offline purposes. 

 

Is there a timeline when this feature can be added?

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New Contributor

This seems like table stakes - I can understand the org/admin needs a way to allow or disallow - but to not even have the ability to allow download for offline use seems like a no-brainer.  Bonus if you want to enforce AIP/RMS on download - like SharePoint does (apply RMS on download).

Occasional Visitor

We have just moved, as a company, to Stream for some key videos. In the past I have always downloaded these to watch while travelling on long train journeys. It is great to have the ability for the owner to download but this must be increased, under the control of the owner, to allow other authorised people to download also.

 

Please tell me this is on your imminent backlog.

Regular Visitor

+1 for this. I can't believe this issue is almost two years old with no movement on it.  You can see that a lot of Office 365 evangelists are embarrassed for supporting this product in their organization that lacks such basic configuration options.  I, too, have been suggesting Stream could be a solution to some things but if you never finish the product what's the point?

There is no reason why it should be an issue, as permission is already controlled for the download button if you are the owner or original uploader of the video. This means the code is already in there to have conditional access to downloads and to serve the original file.

 

At the very least, let there be a "allow downloading of other's stream videos" setting that is tenant-wide, which removes the restriction to allow all organization users to use it.

Occasional Contributor

Yes @George Agathos is right. The slow progress on basic core functionality like this really makes it embarrassing to champion Office 365.

 

Regular Visitor

Has anyone tried the Microsoft Stream app for Android/iOS?  I notice in the Play store, that it does, indeed, talk about downloading videos to watch offline.  Does this just mean "if you're the owner" (which is clearly pointless as you've presumably got an offline copy that you uploaded) or have they somehow rolled out this feature to mobile, but not through the browser (which, I guess, probably allows for some better DRM)?

 

Unfortunately, having installed it, I can't log in (keeps rejecting my password).  Not sure why - but suspect maybe it isn't enabled on our tenant.

Microsoft

The mobile app is the current solution.  It does let you view any video offline.


@anonymous-user wrote:

It would be great if we can not only stream / embed or share a movie but also download a movie for offline use, even if you aren't the owner of the video and you aren't using a mobile app.


 

Frequent Visitor

@jrosenSo, you are telling us that the users MUST BE FORCED to use the mobile app? Are you Sure? TIA


@anonymous-user wrote:

It would be great if we can not only stream / embed or share a movie but also download a movie for offline use, even if you aren't the owner of the video and you aren't using a mobile app.


 

Microsoft

I'm just saying the mobile app allows for offline usage - which in my scenario has been a fine workaround.  Its like most edu / training sites that I use - they have a mobile app for offline usage, but not a Windows app. I assume it does have to do with being able to protect the content.  While I would agree it would be nice to have the option to download content, the mobile app has been working fine for me.  

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