Netflix Offline Binge-Watching Now Possible With Addition Of ‘Download’ Button

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 12/01/16 01:30PM EST
Premiere Of Netflix's 'Narcos' Season 2 - Red Carpet
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (L-R) Actor Boyd Holbrook, Chief Content Officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos, VP of original content at Netflix Cindy Holland, actor Wagner Moura, executive producer Eric Newman and actor Raul Mendez attend the Season 2 premiere of Netflix's 'Narcos' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo : Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Netflix is bringing binge-watching to a whole new level with its latest announcement. The streaming platform is now adding an option that lets its subscriber watch their favorite shows later on. Even without any connection to the internet. Now it is possible to watch your flicks when you feel it anywhere you are even without any WIFI around.

The latest feature comes free for all who have availed membership with the streaming platform no matter what plan they have availed of. CNN Tech reiterates that all members just have to make sure that they have the most recent Netflix app on their Android or iOS devices in order to be able to have access to the latest 'download button.'

It could be recalled that up until this week, accessing Netflix offline is not a possibility. When that issue was raised to their attention, the company argued that the said feature is not necessary. That it was only a short term solution to a bigger problem which is the availability of WIFI.

That feature saw a home though in its competitor, Amazon prime who has the feature ready for its Android and iOS users last year. Vudu also recently added that feature. However with this latest announcement it would appear that the issue has been fixed with the streaming service provider finally accepting the download feature for Netflix offline availability.

It looks like it is now getting more active on trying to suit the needs of its users. Meanwhile for those who already have the latest app and would like to try the feature, do take your time checking out the help page. There are a lot there that you need to know like how the feature has two options to choose from in terms of quality as per The Verge.

The two quality options are the Standard and Higher. Standard is the usual format with a slightly lower video resolution which requires lesser storage space and lesser downloading time. On the other hand, the Higher quality is just like you've guessed. It has higher resolution, needs more space and longer downloading period. So far it is not specified how high that resolution is.

Additionally it is reported that not all content are available for downloading. As for example flicks by the company like Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos and The Crown appear available while Gilmore Girls, Friends and New Girls are not. Don't fret though as the company says that more titles will be available in the future.

The help page also states that there are some licensing agreements which limit the number of titles that people can download at the same time. This means that the users have to delete previously downloaded titles before attempting to download new ones again. There are also time limits on how long a user has to watch the downloaded content but that would depend on the title. Users can check their 'My Downloads' page to check how much time they have.



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