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Netflix Launches Downloads for Offline Viewing on Smartphones, Tablets

Netflix has finally launched a feature subscribers have been requesting for years.

The Company will now let members worldwide download select TV shows and movies for viewing on Apple and Android devices while disconnected from the internet.

 The latest versions of the company’s mobile apps include a “download” button on the details page for a film or TV series, although not all titles on the streaming service are currently available to watch offline. The app also includes a new menu item showing what’s available to download.

Netfl!x said it will add more series and movies to download in the future. Original series including “Orange Is the New Black,” “Narcos,”  “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “Master of None” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “The Crown” are available for download which started Wednesday 30 November.

Other titles available for offline viewing include TV shows “The Office,” “Supernatural,” “The 100,” and “The Flash”  and animated movies “Home” and “Minions”.

“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,” Eddy Wu, Netflix’s director of product innovation, wrote in a blog post.

Amazon Prime Video has offered offline viewing to members on Android and iOS apps for more than one year, while YouTube Red subscribers also have access to videos in offline mode.

Its (Netflix) new download feature is included in all plans and available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. To download titles, users will need iOS 8.0 or later or Android 4.4.2 or later as well as the latest update of Netflix’s application.

Netflix execs had previously risen the prospect of allowing downloads for offline viewing, but they had suggested the company would first launch the feature in countries with constrained bandwidth infrastructure.

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