Starting today, Netflix has announced that you’ll be able to watch shows offline. That noise you can hear is Netflix’s 86 million subscribers spontaneously breaking out into the Hallelujah chorus.
Offline playback is a feature that public transport commuters, frequent fliers and people with capped internet access have been crying out for for ages now. Netflix has resisted the option until now.
“Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline,” wrote Eddy Wu, director of product innovation at Netflix. “For example, Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download today.”
That may sound like the options are limited to Netflix originals, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
There are a couple of caveats, but they’re pretty minor. The first is that not everything is included, but you get the impression that’s the long-term ambition. Secondly, the feature is limited to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, so you can’t put shows on your laptop.
That’s about it, though. Just make sure your Netflix app is updated to the latest version, and get downloading.