Simply in case you weren’t already cautious of dropping too many weekends to Netflix marathons, the streaming service is taking one other big step towards dominating its viewers’s viewing habits: It’s making its programming accessible offline.
On November 30, Netflix introduced on its media weblog that it has launched a “obtain” choice that may enable customers to avoid wasting content material to their telephones or tablets to allow them to watch it even with out an web connection — and no, it gained’t price further. (The obtain choice just isn’t at the moment accessible for laptop computer computer systems.)
“Whereas many members get pleasure from watching Netflix at residence, we’ve typically heard additionally they need to proceed their Stranger Issues binge whereas on airplanes and different locations the place Web is dear or restricted,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement. “Simply click on the obtain button on the small print web page for a movie or TV sequence and you may watch it later with out an web connection.”
The obtain choice is already accessible for a lot of motion pictures and sequence, together with Netflix originals Stranger Issues, The Crown, Orange Is the New Black, and Narcos. The corporate didn’t specify how a lot of its content material catalog will finally be accessible for obtain at any given time, merely promising that there’s “extra on the best way.”
To see if the sequence or film you need is on the market for obtain, you’ll have to have probably the most up-to-date model of the Netflix app on a telephone and/or pill utilizing iOS 8.0 software program or later, or Android 4.4.2 or later. Simply search the title you need and search for the obtain icon (the arrow pointing downward to a horizontal line).
The Netflix app additionally incorporates a separate “Out there for Obtain” menu to show all of the accessible content material in a single place, in addition to a “My Downloads” part to maintain monitor of the exhibits and flicks you’ve already saved.
Netflix says that downloading makes use of about as a lot knowledge as streaming, so that you may need to use a wi-fi connection moderately than a mobile one whereas downloading.
Because the Hollywood Reporter famous, this sort of offline obtain choice is one which Amazon made accessible for Prime subscribers in September 2015. It was most likely solely a matter of time earlier than Netflix did the identical, particularly given its more and more large worldwide subscriber base.
And when you’re a Netflix subscriber, you now have a brand new software at your disposal to allow Netflix marathons wherever you go, whether or not in line on the retailer, on the subway, within the air, or anyplace in between. Eye contact with different people is overrated, anyway.
(And in case you would like your on the go marathons with a hearty dose of irony, sure, Black Mirror is on the market to obtain, too.)