There's no denying it, one of America's favorite pastime activities is Netflix. In fact, more than one-third of data usage consumed during peak hours in the U.S. is attributed to Netflix video streaming.
There's nothing like chilling at home, searching for that perfect flick to pass the night away. With a solid home internet connection and generous data caps, you can stream to your heart's content.
On mobile, it's a different story. Irregular mobile data connections, scarce Wi-Fi hotspots, and limited data caps are some of the factors to consider before taking Netflix on the road. Thankfully, that's about to end.
After months of teases and rumors, Netflix has finally delivered a new feature millions of subscribers have been clamoring for: downloads for offline playback.
With the Netflix's update for its iOS and Android app, subscribers can now download a large selection of TV shows and movies straight to their gadget for offline viewing.
Now, as long as your gadget's storage space allows it, you can hoard your favorite Netflix originals such as "Stranger Things," "Narcos," "Black Mirror" or "Luke Cage" and a growing selection of movies like "Boyhood," "Good Will Hunting," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and episodes of TV shows like "The Twilight Zone" or "The IT Crowd" and watch them as many times as you like even in the absence of a data connection.
In this age of mobile streaming, why does this matter again? Well, it will be a most convenient feature to use on that long commute or road trips where mobile connections are irregular and unreliable.
Preparing for content to watch on those long airplane flights will also be easier with this option, just queue everything up on your gadget while on Wi-Fi and away you binge.
Parents will surely appreciate this feature too. Just download the old reliable shows that your kids enjoy and they will always be available for viewing regardless of the data connection quality.
Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016
According to Netflix's announcement:
"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. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection."