The days of waiting for Netflix to stream on a plane or anywhere else with slow Wi-Fi are over. The company announced this week that it will make some of its content available for download and offline viewing. This is a game changer for Netflix’s 87 million subscribers and will only improve the amount of time people spend viewing its content. Many of the service’s most popular shows, including “Orange is the New Black” and “Stranger Things” will be available for download.
Rival service Amazon Video has offered a download option for about a year. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the decision to move to offline video comes as the company continues to expand across the world and phase out its DVD by mail option.
To try it for yourself, log into Netflix while you are on Wi-Fi and click the Download button on the Details page for the movie or TV show you want to watch offline. You’ll need to have enough memory on your phone or tablet to store the video files; check it out before you download.
Cream of the crop
In addition to Netflix original content, here are a few movies worth downloading:
This movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015. It follows four journalists from the Boston Globe as they uncover a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church. Not exactly light fare, but it’s a riveting and true story.
It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy what has become a holiday classic. Download this tale of love in the modern world before your holiday travel. Though remember, it is rated R and definitely not suitable for kids.
No Country for Old Men
This dark Coen brothers thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat no matter where you are watching it. Josh Brolin stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and finds himself mixed up with a psychopath murderer played brilliantly by Javier Bardem.
Set in a 1960s fraternity, this John Belushi classic is sure to provide a trip down memory lane for some, and a glimpse into what college life used to be like for the younger generation.