Netflix finally enables offline downloads on iOS and Android

Eddy Wu, Netflix:

While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.

Not much to say besides, “It’s about time!” Netflix always said they would never enable offline downloads, so it’s nice to see them change their minds. Offline downloads not only makes Netflix more competitive to Amazon Prime Video and iTunes, it should also make their product more appealing in countries where internet access is limited or slow.

I took a quick look through the Netflix shows and movies that are available for offline download in Canada; there are a ton of options already. There are a lot of Netflix originals available, though some of my favourites – Gilmore Girls, the Marvel shows, and Grace & Frankie – aren’t there yet. I expect the offline catalogue to grow quickly over the coming weeks and months. Great timing from Netflix on this too, right before holiday travel time for many people.

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