You read the title correctly… Netflix has given us all an early Christmas present today by FINALLY implementing Offline Viewing into its smartphone and tablet apps.
We knew there was a possibility that Netflix would add the option in the near future, but never did we think it would be introduced so soon and so widespread as well. Reports began to surface a few weeks ago about Netflix apparently considering adding Offline Viewing into its apps. However, when the reports initially started surfacing, the word on the street was that Offline Viewing would not be available in countries such as the U.K. and U.S. Instead Netflix would allegedly be favouring countries that don’t have such a good internet infrastructure as a way of allowing everyone to enjoy Netflix
But it turns out that Netflix has gone all out with its newest app update. The app update has been released today and should be made available in your respective iOS and Android App Stores over the coming hours. If it isn’t there yet – don’t panic… it’s making its way to you.
Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016
Netflix made the announcement via a Tweet today writing: “Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favourite stories are now available for download at any time”.
One thing that is worth pointing out though is that not every single movie or TV show in Netflix’s catalogue is available to download for Offline Viewing. Netflix has added the download button to its original series including Orange is The New Black, Narcos, and The Crown. Furthermore, other select TV shows and movies have been opted into Offline Viewing, with the view of other content being added in the future.x
If you own a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4.2 or later, or iOS 8 or later, then you’re good to go. Watch out for that update landing in your app store.