Netflix lets users watch videos offline -- no DVDs required

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Remember when you could watch Netflix videos without an internet connection? With something called "DVDs"?

Well, now you can again, and you don't even need those circular shiny things. Netflix has finally made movies and TV shows available to download, so you can watch them offline, whenever you want, wherever you are. 

In IT Blogwatch, we can't decide what to binge watch first. 

So what exactly is going on? Laura Roman has the background:

On Wednesday, Netflix announced and implemented...the ability to download TV and movie titles on mobile devices.
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At no extra cost...Netflix subscribers will now be able to save select content to their iOS or Android devices, then watch on the go without the need for an internet connection. Say goodbye to...in-flight movies, Netflix is now airplane-mode compatible.

Don't some other services already have offline viewing options? Michael Liedtke has the details:

Netflix is matching a downloading feature that...Amazon.com has been offering to its video subscribers for the past year. It’s...also...available on YouTube...though a subscription is required in the United States and other countries where the site sells its "Red" premium service.
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The new feature puts Netflix a step ahead of two other major rivals. Offline options aren’t available on...HBO Now or Hulu, although that service has...said it hopes to introduce a downloading feature.

So how do you actually download the videos? Pretty easily. Rexly Peñaflorida has some instructions:

Find the “Available for Download” section on the app’s sidebar. From there, you can view the...content available for offline viewing...in...multiple categories such as New Releases, Recently Added and recommendations...just tap on your favorite show or movie...and press the download button. To view your now-offline content, go to the My Downloads tab in the sidebar.
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If you go back to the sidebar...you can...delete all downloaded content from your device and restrict downloads to a Wi-Fi connection...For iOS users, there’s an...option to change the video quality...By default, the video quality is set to "Standard," but you can change it to the "Higher" setting.

And why is Netflix doing this now? Netflix's Eddy Wu tells us himself:

While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve...heard they...want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited...Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way...For example, Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download today.

Overall, people are pretty excited. Jenna Ezarik summed up most people's reactions pretty well:

THANK YOU. LOVE YOU.
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