This might be the best news of the year.
Just yesterday we lived in a world where if you wanted to binge Parks and Recreation on Netflix, you had to wait until you were home and connected to WiFi to settle in and press play. But this morning, we enter a different world. The streaming company announced today that select TV shows and movies from their catalogue are now available to download for offline viewing worldwide. And the best part? Downloading comes at no additional cost for subscribers.
Already, a large portion of Netflix’s catalogue is available to download (including some of its original content like Orange is the New Black and The Crown, as well as old favorites like The Office and Frasier.) Parents will be happy to know that a handful of kids content, like Masha and the Bear, Minions, and Beat Bugs, is available to download, too—perfect for long car rides to the grandparents this holiday season. And while Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life isn’t available to have a permanent spot on your iPhone just yet, Eddy Wu, director of product innovation at the company, stated in a blog post that more TV shows and movies will be available to download in the near future. Fingers crossed!
Right now, you can only download to an iOS or Android device using the most recent version of the Netflix app; So, while space on your iPad or smartphone is fair play for downloading, you still have to stream via WiFi if you want to watch on a desktop. Need help making some space? Here are some of our best tips on how to tidy up your devices.