Netflix Offline Mode : Netflix now has a “download” feature for offline viewing

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Pankaj Kumar

- December 1, 2016


A man scrolls through a selection of viewing choices on the Netflix Inc. application on a tablet device in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Netflix Inc., which delivered the best return of any stock in the S&P 500 last year, has ambitious plans for this year so it can produce something new next year: serious profits. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

That thing you’ve been waiting years for Netflix to do? They’ve finally done it. Worldwide users of the popular streaming service can now download and watch shows and movies offline on the Android and iOS app, at no extra charge. The feature is included in all plans, Netflix announced Wednesday.

Not everything on the platform is immediately available for offline viewing, according to the streaming giant, though it’s all on the way. For now, users can download a plethora of titles, including original shows like Orange Is The New Black, Narcos , and The Crown.’

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, teased the feature earlier this month, telling CNBC it’s something the company has “talked a lot about this over the years.”

“Now as we’ve launched in more territories . . . they all have different levels of broadband speeds and Wi-Fi access. So in those countries they have adapted their behaviors to be much more of a downloading culture,” he said.

Competitor Amazon Prime beat Netflix to the punch over a year ago, offering a download feature to all users of its iOS and Android app last September.

Now the glorious day has finally arrived for Netflix too. Uncomfortable plane, train, and automobile rides will never be the same again. Add this achievement to the growing list of modern struggles—“my show kept buffering!”—those kids today will never understand.


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