The Netflix online video platform now offers subscribers to download movies and series, in addition to online viewing, which was previously the only option, and at no additional cost, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Online viewing is dependent on the subscriber’s internet connection, which can complicate the use of the platform outside the home.
“Even though many of our subscribers are watching Netflix at home, they have often told us that they want to keep watching Stranger Things (one of the series produced by Netflix whose first season was posted online this summer) Airplane and other places where internet connection is expensive or limited, “said Eddy Wu, director of innovation of Netflix, author of the release.
Netflix said several movies and series were immediately available for download, including “Orange is the New Black”, “Narcos” or “The Crown”.
Questioned by AFP on the number of films and series offered today for download, Netflix did not give a figure.
“Netflix is working globally with a number of its partners to secure the rights to download the bulk of the content offered by the platform,” a spokesman said.
This new download option is available, after updating, on all media, including smartphones via the iOS (Apple) and Android operating systems.
Netflix claimed, at the end of September, 83.2 million paying subscribers worldwide, including 46.4 in the United States.
Netflix’s main competitor in online television, Amazon, is already offering downloads of some movies and series, on its Fire tablet, its smartphone Fire, as well as devices equipped with iOS (Apple) and Android.
For some Amazon catalog titles available for download, the viewing window is sometimes limited in time.
Asked by AFP about the number of titles available for download, Amazon did not respond.