Netflix finally introduces downloads and offline viewing

It’s only taken it nine ruddy years, but Netflix has - finally! - introduced the option to download movies and episodes of shows so you can watch them on the go.

That means you can now download content to watch out and about, on public transport, on aeroplanes, at your gran's house, and anywhere else where you can't access the internet.

For now, not everything is available for download, but Netflix hopes to expand its repertoire ASAP. You can at least get all the service's original shows - like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, and so on.

Irritatingly, the feature isn't available on all devices just yet either. It's only possible on the iOS (8.0 or later) and Android (4.4.2 KitKat or later) apps, and nothing else. So you'll be fine for downloads on your smartphone or tablet, but not on your computer, games console, or smart TV.

On the plus side, it doesn't cost extra to download shows - it's included in all current plans - and you can grab videos in full HD.

Back in 2014, the service said that downloads were "never going to happen", but it's not a huge surprise to see it going back on that promise. After all, it's one of the only major subscription TV service left to not offer the feature - the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Sky Go have offered it for some time.

To start downloading, update the Netflix app on your iOS or Android device, connect to the internet (preferably Wi-Fi so you don't eat into your data allowance) then click the 'download' button on the details page for a film or TV show. You'll find it later in the 'My downloads' section.

Source: Netflix | Wired

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