Netflix has announced that users all over the world will be able to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. The streaming service’s highly-requested feature is available as of today, and comes at no extra cost.
Other video apps such as Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and All 4 already let viewers watch content when offline. In a statement, Netflix said: “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. 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.”
The subscription-based feature will be enabled in iOS and Android on phones and tablets, but it is not available to download on your laptop at the moment. Netflix has already made a lot of its content available for offline viewing, and more will be added in the future.
Starting from November 30, users can download ‘The Crown’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Narcos’, among other shows. When it comes to movies, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Dirty Grandpa’ are available.
In 2014, Reed Hastings, the company’s chief executive stated that the feature is “never going to happen”. Now, Netflix is hoping that the move will stem competition from Amazon Prime Video and Virgin Media, which already offer on-the-go watching.