Netflix is adding the ability to download certain shows and movies so they can be watched later without an Internet connection, the company announced on Wednesday.
The feature will begin rolling out immediately via an app update for iOS, Android and Fire OS devices. After updating to the most recent version of the Netflix app, users should see a download icon on the details page for some shows and films.
Netflix says shows like Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and The Crown, are already available for download, but hasn’t said how many shows in total will be watchable offline.
Netflix is also adding an “Available for Download” option in its menu so that users can browse through all downloadable content. To access content that has already been downloaded to a mobile device, users can navigate to the app menu and select the “My Downloads” option. In this section of the app, users will be able to select individual TV episodes to watch and delete titles they no longer wish to save to their phone or tablet.
The new download option could help the company compete in global markets where wireless data connectivity is limited or expensive. It also comes as Amazon’s Netflix competitor, Amazon Prime Video, is set to see a massive global rollout.
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