Netflix to (Finally) Offer Offline Viewing of Movies and Shows

By Paul Riegler on 1 December 2016
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Netflix said it will offer customers the ability to download and save some of the programming it streams to subscribers so it can be viewed without Internet connectivity.

The company released a new version of its iPhone and Android apps that supports downloading movies and TV shows “to watch on the go.”

The move was welcomed by travelers, especially frequent flyers, who will be able to download digital content both at home and in areas with strong mobile phone reception before getting on a flight or going underground to take the metro. Although many flights now have in-flight Internet service, the bandwidth on most flights isn’t sufficient enough to allow for streaming movies.

Not all Netflix content will be available to be saved for offline viewing although the company did not specify how many are available now and how many will be made available in the future, limiting its comment to saying there will be “more on the way.”

Amazon, which competes with Netflix through its Prime offering, has given customers the ability to save movies and television shows since September 2015.

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