What’s new on Netflix: downloads so you can watch offline

Now you can binge away without having to making eye contact with another human again.

Netflix is giving its customers an early holiday present: the ability to download videos. In a tweet Wednesday, the Los Gatos streaming-entertainment provider unveiled the long-awaited feature, which will allow offline viewing on mobile devices.

Netflix shows such as “The Crown,” “Stranger Things” and “Orange is the New Black” can be downloaded now. So can movies such as “Minions” and “Home.” But airplane and mass transit riders and others won’t be able to download every Netflix title just yet. The company says it’s in talks about that.

“Netflix is working with lots of partners globally to get downloading rights for the bulk of the content on our service,” a spokeswoman said.

Netflix’s move to offer downloads — which was not unexpected because CEO Reed Hastings had said during earnings calls earlier this year that he was keeping “an open mind” about it — comes more than a year after Amazon started offering the feature with its Prime service on Android and iOS devices. YouTube Red allows downloads, too. Now Netflix customers who subscribe to any plan can do the same with the updated app on Android and iOS devices.

In the mobile app, content that can be downloaded will have an arrow next to the title. There’s also a category in the menu on the side that says “available for download.”

 

Photo from Associated Press

 

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