Down­load Net­flix shows and movies

Net­flix has made se­lect TV shows and films avail­able to down­load and watch off­line. Chris Martin shows how

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Net­flix has fi­nally in­tro­duced a fea­ture that lets you down­load TV shows and films to watch off­line. This fol­lows Ama­zon’s lead after the com­pany in­tro­duced of off­line view­ing for Prime Video last year, but does come as a sur­prise be­cause an in­ter­view in Novem­ber with Net­flix COO sug­gested that the com­pany wasn’t in­tend­ing to in­tro­duce the much sought-after fea­ture for the UK or US any time soon.

In an in­ter­view with CNBC in Novem­ber, Net­flix’s COO Ted Saran­dos said that the com­pany is look­ing into mak­ing movies avail­able to down­load, but that this would only be for coun­tries that have low broad­band speeds. Other sources sug­gested that Net­flix would in­tro­duce down­loads but only for its Orig­i­nals. How­ever, while the se­lec­tion is still lim­ited, there’s much more than just Net­flix’s Orig­i­nals avail­able to watch off­line.

To down­load Net­flix shows and movies to watch off­line, you’ll need to first have a com­pat­i­ble phone or tablet run­ning An­droid 4.4.2 or later, and then en­sure that you have the Net­flix app in­stalled and up to date.

Then, you’ll need to sign in to your Net­flix ac­count and nav­i­gate to the Avail­able for Down­load sec­tion in the menu. There, you’ll see a huge se­lec­tion of shows avail­able to down­load in­clud­ing Net­flix Orig­i­nals such as Nar­cos,

Stranger Things and The Crown as well as some of the most pop­u­lar movies and pro­grammes like

The Hunger Games and Poldark. Net­flix has said that there are “more on the way” so ex­pect many more pop­u­lar ti­tles in the cat­a­logue to ap­pear over time.

Once you’ve found a show you’re in­ter­ested in and want to watch off­line, per­haps on your com­mute or on a long flight, se­lect it and then tap the Down­load icon next to the episode you’re after. You will then see a blue progress bar along the bot­tom of the app. Once down­loaded, you’ll see a blue icon next to that episode. You can find your down­loaded shows by nav­i­gat­ing to the menu and tap­ping My Down­loads. Sim­ply press play and watch away.

If you have enough space on your phone or tablet and some time be­fore you’ll be dis­con­nected from the in­ter­net, you might want to down­load in Higher video qual­ity. To do so, go to the menu and scroll down to App Set­tings. Un­der Down­loads, tap Video Qual­ity and choose the op­tion that suits you.

For shows that aren’t avail­able us­ing Net­flix’s of­fi­cial down­load fea­ture, there are work­arounds, but be warned. Just like watch­ing the US Net­flix from out­side Amer­ica, this method is not some­thing which users are freely al­lowed to do. It vi­o­lates the firm’s terms and con­di­tions. You do this at your own risk.

There is no of­fi­cial way of ‘down­load­ing’ Net­flix con­tent that isn’t avail­able through Net­flix’s built-in fea­ture, but what you can do is watch the TV show or film you want to view off­line and cap­ture the screen as you do it. This does mean play­ing it from be­gin­ning to end but it’s re­ally the best – and only – way of do­ing it. It’s a work­around, re­ally.

Step 1

Down­load and in­stall a screen-cap­ture pro­gram. There are many to choose from, both free and paid, in­clud­ing CamS­tu­dio (cams­tu­dio.org), Au­di­als Moviebox (tinyurl.com/ztLu­tex) or Screen­cast-OMatic (tinyurl.com/j5qLbdm). For this tu­to­rial, we’re go­ing to use CamS­tu­dio.

Step 2

Once you’ve in­stalled the soft­ware of your choice, fire it up and get Net­flix ready in your browser. By de­fault CanS­tu­dio will record a fixed re­gion, so in the Re­gion menu se­lect Full Screen. This will cap­ture Net­flix video in its en­tirety.

You’ll also want to change the au­dio set­tings as the soft­ware will not record any­thing by de­fault. Click Op­tions and choose Record au­dio from speak­ers. We got a mes­sage pop up but au­dio records with­out a prob­lem.

Step 4

Se­lect Op­tions > Pro­gram Op­tions > ‘Min­i­mize pro­gram on start record­ing’ to au­to­mat­i­cally min­imise CamS­tu­dio be­fore your record­ing starts. With Net­flix ready to go with the TV show or film you want to cap­ture, hit record (the round red but­ton) and switch to Net­flix. Hit play on the video and go full screen. You will have to let the episode or movie run to the end but when it’s done go back to CamS­tu­dio and hit stop.

Step 6

Now save the give the file a name and save it where you want. An­noy­ingly, Win­dows will au­to­mat­i­cally play the video back.

This method will re­sult in files which you can then trans­fer to An­droid, which is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est thing to do. How­ever, you can record the screen on your An­droid de­vice if you wish to ‘down­load’ Net­flix con­tent.

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