Although Amazon had this functionality over a year ago, it looks like Netflix has finally caught up with the times and introduced a long-rumoured feature to their mobile app as well: offline viewing. As of earlier this week, the Netflix iOS and Android apps have been updated to allow you to download select movies and TV shows and store them on your device to watch later, even without an internet connection. This is particularly handy for those of us who live in countries where unlimited data plans are a rarity, although it is also useful for long flights or subway commutes. Oh, and most importantly, this is available at no extra cost. Hit the jump for more info on how this new feature works.
According to the press release, Netflix subscribers worldwide can now download selected content for offline viewing on all phones and tablets using Android or iOS. There will now be a download button on the details page for a given movie or TV series if it is available for offline playback. The settings also offer two options for quality: Standard and Higher (the latter of which obviously looks better, but also takes up more storage space).
Of course, it is still a little unclear just how much Netflix content will be available offline. It seems safe to assume that most (if not all) of the Netflix originals will be included (the press release mentions Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown) but they claim that more will be added in the coming months. I am also curious about what happens if you have content downloaded that has expired. Either way, this is a welcome feature that adds some value to your Netflix subscription. Let us know what you think of this feature if you’ve already tried it out.