The big news of streaming (or not streaming) is that Netflix is now offering the ability to download certain movies and shows through their app on tablet and phone. This is an absolutely huge game changer, especially for people who travel a lot, or are away from reliable WiFi services – think while travelling with kids on long journeys.
I tried out the new service and it works fantastically. I travel quite a bit for work and have had a ton of things on my t0-watch list that I haven’t been able to get around to, so this was a great opportunity to see what the service offered. Through the app there is a ‘Available to Download’ tab which includes all of the content that this service covers. Now it doesn’t cover absolutely everything, but there is a heap there, including a lot of the Netflix created content.
I downloaded several episodes of Narcos – a show that I had started and loved, but other things got in the way. Downloads were relatively large, as would be expected, so make sure that you have plenty of space. An episode of Narcos (at around 50mins) ran to about 200mb on my device, not huge but downloading several seasons at a time will mean planning out your space on your device.
As for how the download worked, there were no problems at all – there were some very brief spots of choppiness, however this may be due to the fact that I am not using a top of the line device (Samsung S5) in saying that, the video worked perfectly otherwise, as well as subtitles that were in sync the whole way through (both the hardcoded subs for Spanish and English CC). There were also no issues with playback when the phone was in Flight Mode, given that some apps struggle to even open when they don’t have a connection. After viewing it is easy to delete the files through the app, rather than having to wade through the file system to get rid of it.
This is a great addition to the Netflix brand and I feel that it will only get better through the addition of further content. The reality is that I had thought about downloading Narcos from the high seas even though I have a Netflix subscription, so that I could actually get around to watching it, now that isn’t going to be a problem at all.