Netflix is rolling out an update for its Android and iOS apps that finally adds one of the most requested features for the popular video streaming service. The app will now allow users to download select TV shows and movies for offline playback.
There have been rumors for months that Netflix was going to add support for downloadable content, but today, the company flipped the switch on that feature. The bad news is that not every movie and TV series supports downloading for offline use, most likely due to previously copyright agreements with some studios.
Netflix’s blog post indicates that some of its original TV shows like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Narcos and The Crown all support the new download feature. As you can see from the screenshot above, users will be able to see if their movie or TV series can be downloaded with a downward arrow icon. The company says more films and TV shows will gain the download access feature in the coming months.
This new feature will be available worldwide across all of Netflix’s markets and best of all, the company won’t be raising its subscription fees or making people pay extra for downloading videos. This will certainly be a huge help for people who have a limited cellular data plan but who still want to binge watch videos while on the road or on an airplane flight, which normally does not support streaming media on Wi-Fi.
One word of warning: the change notes for the updated Netflix app shows that the downloadable video feature won’t work on all devices, but there’s no word on which Android products won’t support it.