Netflix subscribers can now download shows and movies to watch during a flight, when traveling by car, or for any other time when there is limited or no access to the Internet. The download option was announced Wednesday, and a number of shows and movies were made instantly available, including “Breaking Bad,” “Narcos” and “Spotlight.” Netflix says more downloadable content is coming at no additional charge to users. This follows a push by subscribers to get access to Netflix shows offline.
Netflix is working with lots of partners globally to get downloading rights for the bulk of the content on our service. This is an ongoing effort, as we know consumers want this capability, and we are working to provide it.
Netflix, which is undertaking a major campaign to expand worldwide and has more than 86 million members, is facing increasing competition from its rivals, including Amazon, which is also in the midst of an international expansion of its streaming service. Amazon already allows downloads of videos — noting that some content is restricted by copyright holders in terms of offline viewing. Netflix users had been unable to download and view videos offline through its mobile application, but workarounds had been offered by third-party apps.