You Can Finally Watch (Some) Netflix Videos Offline | Movies |

Considering how much battery watching Netflix on your smartphone or tablet consumes, I often see people catching up on shows on the subway–until we go underground and they have to turn it off.

A Netflix offline downloads feature has been requested by subscribers for years (both Amazon Prime and YouTube Red have offline modes), and now it’s finally happening thanks to a new free update.

The feature is easy to use. When online, you can hit a new download button next to, for example, an episode of a show you’re watching so you can watch it later without an internet connection.

You don’t need an extra plan to use it. Offline downloads will be available to all plans and on Android and iOS devices. Customers can update their app now and as long as they’re on iOS 8.0 or later or Android 4.4.2 or later, they can begin downloading.

Eddy Wu, Director of Product Innovation, wrote in a company blog post that a few titles are already available for download, including Netflix originals Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and The Crown, and popular series like Supernatural and The Flash, and more will be on the way soon. The app update includes a new menu that shows what’s available for download.

Basically, Netflix has made it super easy to continue binge watching whatever the latest trending show is even when you’re, for example, on a plane for six hours and don’t want to pay for pricey WiFi.

“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,” Wong wrote.

Watch the official announcement video below.

Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time.

— Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016

You Can Finally Watch (Some) Netflix Videos Offline | Movies |


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