In fact, Netflix and its ability to let you binge-watch episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Arrested Development is only soured because you have to always have an internet connection. When you meet someone who doesn’t have a Netflix subscription and doesn’t understand your House of Cards , Bojack Horseman or Orange is the New Black references, it’s unnerving.
Well, if Netflix’s plans pan out, that won’t be the case for much longer.
According to Gizmodo , Netflix is working on a “download-and-go” video feature, similar to that of BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video.
While there’s been whisperings around such a feature for a while, industry sources confirmed its impending arrival to LightReading , a communications trade publication.
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It seems that the COO of Penthera – a mobile video company – and an analyst at Frost & Sullivan have corroborated the rumour stating that it’s an “open secret” in the industry.
Bringing video downloading to Netflix would certainly be a welcome addition.
It’d mean no more worrying if you’ll have enough signal on your train journey to watch your way through the latest season of Orange Is the New Black , or filling your iPad up with dubiously acquired films for that long plane flight.
As Gizmodo points out, Netflix is certainly late to the game if it makes the move into offline video, however Netflix’s 81-million-strong user base gives it the clout to really change how we digest on-demand content.
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The biggest issue in the way of Netflix’s offline plans is what happens with content rights and crossing borders?
If Amazon can find a way around the issue, it’s likely Netflix will too.
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