It’s not even Christmas yet and the universe has already blessed us with the perfect gift. Well, Netflix has anyway and it’s pretty great. As if the streaming service hasn’t given us plenty to be grateful for in the past, Netflix is now gifting users with the ability to download films for offline viewing.
Pinch yourself, this is not a dream. Now you never have to stop watching that film you started before the plane took off or wait until you get through that last tunnel on the train, or even fight your coworkers for that one spot in the office with good Wi-Fi. Thanks to Netflix, the bingeing possibilities are endless.
Starting today, all Netflix users worldwide will be able to download their shows for offline viewing.
It’s finally happening, people. Infinite Netflix exists and we might just need a minute to digest this glorious news.
The streaming service released a statement this morning detailing the new feature:
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. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.
It’s a Christmas miracle!
The downloading capability is said to be enabled in iOS and Android, on phones and tablets and will be available for those who have updated the most recent version of the app. Netflix content is currently not available to download on your laptop. That’s okay, one step at a time and this step is enough to hold us for quite a while.
According to Netflix, many of our favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download such as Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown.
As if I really needed an excuse to re-binge on every episode of OITNB…but now I can watch Alex and Piper anytime anywhere and that is priceless, my friends.
However, it’s not only Netflix Originals that will be available to us.
When asked by BuzzFeed News whether their entire catalogue will be available for download by viewers, they responded: “Netflix is working with lots of partners globally to get downloading rights for the bulk of the content on our service. This is an ongoing effort as we know consumers want this capability and we are working to provide it.”
So, how long will these downloads last on your device?
Netflix says it depends on the title, but that the amount of time you have left to watch will be shown in the app so you won’t be surprised. For some titles, you may only have 48 hours to watch after you’ve hit play.
Following the announcement, the streaming service updated their iOS app to allow for downloads and in that moment the world became a better place.