Netflix has just snagged its best feature ever, yes the most popular streaming service has now got an offline feature which obviously lets you download shows to watch it later. Netflix has announced this feature and claims that it will cover “many of your favorite streaming series and movies.” The feature is currently limited mostly Netflix originals and thankfully Netflix has segregated the downloadable shows separately, you know just so that you don’t have to skim through every title to figure out if it’s downloadable.
This is indeed huge, Netflix users can now watch downloaded shows while traveling or even when they are stuck in a routine subway commute. The significance of this feature is only more pronounced in a country like India wherein reliable and high-speed internet in public places is yet to be realized. All you need to do to get the feature is to simply update the app from either the Playstore or the Apple Store. The shows can be downloaded in two qualities, Standard and High, the standard takes up less space while the High will obviously gobble up more space. That said, Netflix has not explicitly mentioned the resolutions but again they have never let users toggle with the resolution settings earlier, even whilst streaming.
Netflix is now matching against the rival video services like Amazon and Vudu. Even regional content providers including Hotstar and Eros Now have been offering this feature for quite some time. The Netflix Originals have always been the streaming services forte and thus it makes sense to launch the offline feature first for these shows. Furthermore, the company claims that it will be soon be adding the download option for more shows. The timing couldn’t have been better since this is the time that its rival streaming services including Amazon have just begun ramping up their presence globally.