The evolution of Netflix over the last few years has been impressive to say the least, and the streaming service is now taking yet another step to becoming the leading supplier of home entertainment. While thus far an internet connection has been necessary to consume anything on Netflix, the streaming service announced that as of today, they are beginning to offer downloads of select films and TV series. This allows subscribers to view this entertainment offline, which has been one of the (few) major downsides to Netflix as opposed to competitors like Amazon Prime and YouTube Red.
Netflix’s new download feature works for Android and iOS phones and tablets, but users will need iOS 8.0 or later or Android 4.4.2 or later and an update to the Netflix app to start the offline viewing.
The streaming service will be expanding its library of downloadable content in the future, but right now original series Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, House of Cards, Stranger Things, The Crown, Master of None, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are available for download, as are non-original series like The Office, The Flash, and The 100. On the feature film side, the animated features Home and Minions are available.
This is a pretty huge move on Netflix’s part, as it now allows subscribers to download films to watch on airplanes, car rides, or when traveling to areas with iffy wifi. The streaming service has been making massive strides ever since it launched original programming with House of Cards, and this past year as seen the streaming service make a big play for original feature films, scoring folks like Will Smith and Adam Sandler to star in Netflix original movies.
So yeah, this is probably just the next step on the road towards Netflix’s global domination. Really the only thing holding them back at the moment is their dwindling library of older films, as Netflix has started dropping some of its more expensive licenses to put that money instead towards original content. Thank the Maker for FilmStruck.
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