Wednesday 7 December 2016

Netflix and Chill...on the commute to work

Published 30/11/2016 | 16:16

You're now able to download shows and movies on Netflix for offline viewing
You're now able to download shows and movies on Netflix for offline viewing

That long commute on the bus to work may now seem a lot shorter.

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Netflix has announced the availability of an offline mode for viewing TV shows and movie on its service. This means you can load up your iPhone, iPad or Android device before you leave the house and watch your movies and shows on planes, trains and automobiles without worrying about mobile data or the availability of local wifi.

The feature will only work for iOS and Android devices, meaning it’s not applicable to laptops or PCs.

It will also only apply to a limited amount of films and television programmes at first, including the bulk of Netflix’s own ‘originals’, such as ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Narcos’, ‘The Crown’ or ‘Orange Is The New Black’.

“Netflix is working with lots of partners globally to get downloading rights for the bulk of the content on our service,” said a spokeswoman today. “This is an ongoing effort as we know consumers want this capability and we are working to provide it.”

To get it, update the offline capability, simply visit the App Store or Google Play Store and update the app.

Then you’ll see an ‘available for download’ section. Those titles will give you a choice of ‘standard’ or ‘higher’ quality, depending on how much storage space your device has.

It’s unclear yet how long you can keep a download on your device or how many you can have downloaded at the same time.

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