With the holidays upon us, we are not looking forward to long car rides or traveling to relatives out of state. However, we do not have to look at the buffering circle while in route to our destinations. Netflix has announced the launch of offline playback!
Despite Netflix executives saying in earlier days that this would not be a feature the company embraces, offline playback is officially here! This feature will help people who are always on the move and do not always have an internet connection (such as commuters) or help those who are in regions that do not offer fast internet services.
To access this feature, update your Netflix app on your phone or tablet to the latest version of Android or iOS. Once you do that and open the app, you will now see a download button appear next to the play button for selected TV shows and movies. This button allows you to save the content onto your device and watch it without an internet connection. This feature is available for all streaming plans!
NOTE: To download the videos, you will need to be connected to the internet. Once it is on your device, you will be able to watch it anywhere from that device! To avoid data usage, download while connected to WiFi!
There are two options for the quality you can download: Standard or High Definition, SD or HD. Just like in any other situation, the standard quality is a lower resolution of the video and will take up less space in your storage on your device. Then, on the flip side, the higher quality is a video with higher resolution and will require more space in your device’s storage. Netflix did not specify what the difference of the two would be.
To watch the movies and/or shows you downloaded, launch your Netflix app, then tap the Menu icon. Choose “My Downloads” to access the list of your downloaded content. Just tap the “Play” icon for the movie you want to watch. If you want to watch a TV show, just locate the episode you are up to and tap the “Play” button to watch that episode.
For more information or help on Netflix’s new downloading feature, visit their help page here: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/54816
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