It’s the killer feature Netflix has lacked for years, but it’s finally here: offline viewing. Now, you can finally take your watch list with you anywhere, regardless of internet connection.
Netflix is rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps today that will allow users to download shows and movies for offline viewing (no desktop downloads, it would seem). So, if you’re on a plane, stuck on the subway, low on data, or generally anywhere without a good connection, you can still use Netflix. You just have to download whatever you want beforehand, obviously.
“While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited,” Netflix’s Director Product Innovation Eddy Wu said in a statement. “Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.”
Netflix is rolling the feature out with a smattering of shows, including Stranger Things, Flash, Black Mirror, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Supergirl, Pulp Fiction, Hot Fuzz, Supernatural, Penny Dreadful, Limitless, iZombie, Danger Mouse, Arrow, Z Nation, Sense8, Star Trek: Voyager, The Road, and a bunch of other (random stuff). Netflix promises more stuff will be added in the near future.
This is a huge feature addition for Netflix in regard to usability (though if you use Amazon Prime, you’ve already had it for a while) and will especially be a massive boon for users who travel.
Are you pumped to finally be able to download Netflix shows and movies?