It’s been a long time coming, but Netflix users can now finally download content.
That’s right, Netflix has enabled a download function that allows members of the streaming giant to download movies and television shows to their device for later viewing. In other words, ladies and gentlemen, those trips to and from work about to go by a whole lot quicker.
The feature enables users to download and store content onto their devices, using Wi-Fi, for example, and to then watch said programming at locations where Internet is hard to come by or where you’re forced to pile up those data fees.
Netflix announced that the downloading feature is now available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS, although not every bit of content is available to store in your system just yet. The streaming service has confirmed that some of their major exclusives, such as Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown, are available for download from today, “with more on the way”.
An update for the Netflix app has been released, so be sure to hit up the App Store or the Google Play Store to ensure you have the latest version. Then it’s as simple as hitting the download button on the details page for a movie or TV show, let it download, and boom: you can watch it later without an internet connection.
Of course, one should keep in mind the amount of data the initial download will use and the storage space needed to hold the content. For example, according to Gizmodo:
One episode of Black Mirror with a running time of one hour and three minutes is about 280 megabytes in standard definition. The high-definition version of the same episode clocks in at 440 megabytes (about twice the size).