Netflix announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) that subscribers will now have the ability to download TV shows and movies for offline playback, a feature that users of the popular streaming service have long desired.
The company believes the change makes it easier to enjoy content on the go, whether you’re on an airplane or in the subway.
“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,” Eddy Hu, Netflix’s director of product innovation wrote in a blog post.
The latest version of the company’s mobile app features a special download icon on the description page of a TV series or movie; however, not all titles are downloadable at the moment. Users can search for downloadable content by selecting the “Available for Download” option from the menu.
The company said many fan favorites are currently available for offline playback – including “Orange Is the New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “Narcos” and “The Crown” – with more on the way.
In addition to downloading specific content, users can also select the video quality that best fits their needs. The standard option offers slightly lower resolution, but requires less storage space. The higher option offers the best resolution and is most suitable for those who have a significant amount of space to work with. Regardless of the video quality chosen, the downloaded titles can be easily deleted through the menu.
The new feature is included in all plans and available for iOS (8.0 or later) and Android (4.4.2 or later) devices.