In a move that has been anticipated for years, Netflix is finally allowing users to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing on Apple and Android devices.
While not all titles are available for the highly sought-after feature, Netflix’s newest app update includes a “download” button on the details section of a film or series.
Netflix Originals such as “Narcos”, “House of Cards”, “Stranger Things”, and more are available for downloading, while some, like reboots of “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House”, “Daredevil”, and Disney movies “Jungle Book” and “Lilo & Stitch”, are not yet available for offline viewing.
Netflix is rolling out the new feature Wednesday, gradually adding new titles to the list in the future. They are also including a section in the app that catalogs the titles available for offline viewing.
Netflix’s new feature is available in all payment plans, but users will require iOS 8.0 or later, or Android 4.4.2 or later on their devices. In addition, they must upgrade Netflix’s app itself to be able to get the download option.
In a blog post announcing the desirable new feature, Eddy Wu, Netflix’s director of product innovation, stated, “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.”
Last to Join the Party
Netflix finally joined the ranks of competitors Amazon Prime, who have offered offline streaming for over a year, Youtube Red, and Starz, who have also enabled an offline viewing mode.
Netflix management previously showed intentions to offer the offline viewing feature, but only in countries with inhibited bandwidth infrastructure. They have instead allowed access to the feature in any country in which they provide their streaming service.