Net­flix launches down­loads for off­line view­ing on smart­phones, tablets

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Net­flix has fi­nally rolled out a fea­ture sub­scribers have been re­quest­ing for years: The com­pany will now let mem­bers world­wide down­load se­lect TV shows and movies for view­ing on Ap­ple and An­droid de­vices while dis­con­nected from the in­ter­net.

The lat­est ver­sions of the com­pany’s mo­bile apps in­clude a “down­load” but­ton on the de­tails page for a film or TV se­riesalthough not all ti­tles on the stream­ing ser­vice are cur­rently avail­able to watch off­line. The app also in­cludes a “find some­thing to down­load” fea­ture.

Net­flix said it will add more se­ries and movies to down­load in the fu­ture. Orig­i­nal se­ries in­clud­ing “Or­ange Is The New Black,” “Nar­cos,”“House of Cards,”“Stranger Things,” “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt,” “Mas­ter of None” and “The Crown” are avail­able for down­load start­ing yes­ter­day.

“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 Wu, Net­flix’s direc­tor of prod­uct in­no­va­tion, wrote in a blog post an­nounc­ing the fea­ture.

Ama­zon Prime Video has of­fered off­line view­ing to mem­bers on iOS and An­droid apps for more than a year, while YouTube Red sub­scribers also have ac­cess to videos in off­line mode.

Net­flix’s new down­load fea­ture is in­cluded in all plans and avail­able for An­droid and iOS phones and tablets. To down­load ti­tles, users will need iOS 8.0 or later or An­droid 4.4.2 or later as well as the lat­est up­date of Net­flix’s app.

Net­flix ex­ecs had pre­vi­ously raised the prospect of al­low­ing down­loads for off­line view­ing, but they had sug­gested the com­pany would first launch the fea­ture in coun­tries with con­strained band­width in­fra­struc­ture. — Reuters

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