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Netflix enables downloads of select content for offline viewing on iOS, Android

Netflix has deployed the ability to download select TV shows and movies from its catalog, with most of the initial offerings coming from the company's unique programming.




Netflix has announced that "Stranger Things," "Orange is The New Black," "Narcos" and "The Crown" are available for download today. After users update the Netflix app, a "download now" button is available on content with downloads enabled.

Users can download in smaller file size "standard" and "higher" quality options, but Netflix has not as of yet provided technical details on the resolutions or bit rates of the downloaded video categories.

AppleInsider has contacted T-Mobile regarding if downloads for offline viewing would count against data caps, or be somehow down-sampled through the "Binge On" initiative, and has not as of yet received a response.

Netflix has historically denied that it was planning on downloads for offline viewing, but Amazon's recent addition of the feature with its streaming video service may have been an impetus to allowing it.

Netflix promises more titles will be made available for download soon. The new download feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.