This morning Netflix dropped a much anticipated update to their iOS and Android mobile apps. The update allows for select movies and tv shows to be downloaded to your local device storage. Up until now, Netflix online content has been an exclusively streaming service, requiring a data connection over wifi or cellular to watch videos. Those viewing on the go were “forced” to rack up a solid data charge from their local carrier.
Now users can navigate to a qualifying title on their mobile device to select “Download”, located under the video description, and the video will be added to the devices storage. Tapping on the newly transformed “Downloaded” button allows you to delete the title, freeing up that oh-so-precious space.
Netflix teased this feature a few weeks ago and now joins the ranks of commuter friendly video apps like iTunes, Amazon Video, and Vudu, which also offer downloadable video (where you at HBO Now?). It is important to note that there are only a few titles available with this feature today such as Narcos, Orange is the New Black, the Crown, and a few other Netflix original titles with promises of more on the way. All subscription tiers support the new download feature.
You can read the official Netflix announcement here
Binge long and prosper