Netflix now allows users to download select movies and TV episodes to watch offline

    Netflix has finally addressed one of its biggest pain points over the years by allowing users to download select movies and TV episodes to watch offline. While Amazon Video has allowed this for years, Netflix has long featured content unavailable from its rival (especially Netflix originals). Consequently, subscribers have long clamored for the ability to watch their favorite movies and TV shows offline, such as when they’re on long flights with no affordable Internet access, or anytime when away from home and on limited mobile data plans. The company has long resisted making offline playback

    Consequently, subscribers have long clamored for the ability to watch their favorite movies and TV shows offline, such as when they’re on long flights with no affordable Internet access, or anytime when away from home and on limited mobile data plans. The company has long resisted making offline playback available, but announced on Wednesday that the latest app update includes the long-awaited feature.

    Starting today, Android and iOS updates have hit the Netflix app enabling offline playback for select titles. Not everything in Netflix’s library will be available offline, but a good majority of content is available offline. Netflix Originals are, of course, a safe bet to be available, and I’ve found quite a few other titles available. For example, my favorite TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is available for downloading and viewing offline, and that show is a relic from the 1990s.

    According to the Play Store description on the Netflix app for Andorid, offline viewing is not available on all devices. If the option doesn’t show on your device even for a Netflix Original your device might still be supported. Just try rebooting and launching the app again just to make sure. If it still doesn’t show up after that, you may need to wait a bit longer.