MIchelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 30-08-2011

Mobile video streaming is a great idea, but one to often hampered by spotty bandwidth availability in cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Lenovo and mSpot have a better idea: background downloads for offline viewing.

“Say goodbye to buffering issues,” said Daren Tsui, CEO and co-founder, mSpot. The result is a sort of hybrid experience - users click to watch a mobile instantly, but while the viewing commences the content is downloaded to the device and viewing can switch to offline mode once complete. So, viewers can start watching a movie in an airport lounge and continue watching it offline on the airplane.

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and Lenovo ThinkPad tablets, set for release in September, are the first to get the capability. The functionality will be enabled through mSpot Movies, an embedded streaming app for the tablets, offering what the companies say will be a “range of new release films”.

“Our tablets were designed to give spontaneous and instantaneous entertainment - anywhere you want it,” said Ninis Samuel, global director of mobile product marketing for Lenovo, in a statement.

MSpot’s white labelled cloud entertainment services serve a range of OEMs as well as six million mobile customers on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.