After years of being on people’s wish lists, Netflix has finally started rolling its most oft-desired feature: the ability to download movies and shows for offline viewing. This option is available in the Netflix apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 10.
With Amazon Prime, you can download movies for offline viewing. Also, you can only download movies via the Prime Video app, meaning you’ll need a compatible Fire, Android,. How to Watch Online Streaming Videos Offline. Playlists of videos for offline viewing, provided they download the content first. From Play Movies to your Android or Chrome OS device is. Amazon Prime Video is well – known Netflix Alternative, it doesn’t provide any direct option to download Amazon video to PC. Although, Owners of Amazon fire tablets can download Amazon Prime video for offline viewing. And it’s the great option to watch videos even you don’t have the internet connection, or you’re in airplane mode. On Android devices, tap the “☰” menu in the top left corner); Select the saved movie to. NOTE: The ability to save movies for offline viewing is available for iOS. For offline viewing on a computer, see 'How do I download a movie for offline. I have earlier written articles on the fact that you can now watch Amazon Instant Videos purchased and Prime videos offline using the Android application for Amazon Videos. But, what is up with Windows? Can I watch Amazon Videos offline in Windows as well? The answer to that question is really a no, because there is no such application available for Windows in which you can download Prime.
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This means a couple of things: you can watch Netflix on the go without eating up your data cap, and you can watch your favorite shows or movies while on a plane or subway with no data connection. That’s pretty huge.
Of course, there are caveats, too. Firstly, the option to download movies or shows isn’t available for the entire Netflix catalog yet, but rather a specifically curated subset. A large part of the offline catalog includes Netflix original shows (which, let’s be honest here, is some of the best stuff on Netflix anyway), along with some other select titles. I imagine the selection will continuously change, which should keep things fresh.
So, how do you get this new feature? It’s actually incredibly easy.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the latest version of the Netflix app on your respective device (yes, Windows users, you’ll need the Windows 10 app—this doesn’t currently work on the website). Once you have the app installed, it will be quick to let you know about the new feature as soon as you open it up. Front and center, baby.
You can always select “Find something to download” to get started, but if you happen to navigate away from that window, you can also open the menu by swiping in from the left side and selecting “Available for download.” This will show the entire offline catalog.
Before you start going download crazy, however, you should be aware of some of the new settings regarding downloads. You can choose to only download content on Wi-Fi (which is highly recommended, and on by default), as well as what quality to download. Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t very straightforward with the options, just “Standard” and “High.”
As you can probably assume, Standard will take up less space, where High will eat up more. On my Pixel C, I could definitely see pixelation and artifacting with the “Standard” setting, but things cleared up quite a bit with “High.” I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the latter is 720p, but there’s no documentation that directly states this.
The first time you open a title that has the download option available, Netflix will kindly let you know with a small popup.
Even after that window is gone, however, grabbing a show or movie is super easy: tap the download button right next to the episode name or below the movie description.
When the download starts, a progress bar will show up at the bottom of the screen. When it’s finished, a notification will appear letting you know it’s ready to go. On Android, you’ll also get a notification in the shade.
To access your downloaded content, slide the menu open (again, sliding in from the left) and select “My Downloads.”
Movies will start playing as soon as you tap the entry, where shows will open a list of everything you’ve downloaded from that series. Tap on one of those entries to play it.
When you’re ready to delete an item, tap the icon in the upper right corner (on the My Downloads page)—it’s a pencil on Android, and reads “Edit” on iOS.
On Android, check boxes will show up next to the downloaded content—tap those boxes for the entries you’d like to remove.
On iOS, red Xs will show up next to the titles. Tap the X to remove the download.
Alternatively, if you’d like to remove all downloaded content, you can head back into the Settings menu by sliding in from the left and scrolling down to “App Settings,” then tapping the “Delete All Downloads” button.
And there you have it: Netflix’s new offline feature in a nutshell.
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Amazon’s $99 per year Prime subscription includes a variety of digital services beyond free two-day shipping. One is its Prime Instant Video streaming video that, like Netflix, offers a selection of movies and TV shows. For a while now, and unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime customers have been able to download and watch videos offline — but only if they either had an Amazon Fire tablet or bought or rented a movie.
While Amazon’s free Prime Instant Video library is smaller than Netflix’s library, the former company had two big wins this week. First, it retained the license to the massive Epix video library that Netflix will lose at the end of the month. This includes relatively recent hit movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Second, and more importantly, is that the company now lets you download some Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows for offline viewing on Google Android and Apple iOS phones and tablets.
I decided to give it a shot and see what happens. Here’s what I found after downloading and trying out the new Amazon Video app for Android on a Nexus 6 phone.
First, there doesn’t seem to be any visual cues on the Amazon app’s home screen to identify which Prime Instant Video movies or TV series are available for downloads. However, the videos I picked were all available for free download.
Next, I took a look at the app’s settings. The first thing I did was to select “Wi-Fi Only” to prevent accidentally burning up my cellular data. Next, I selected the SD (Standard Definition) Download Quality to reduce the size of the downloaded file.
If a video is available for free download, you’ll see a “Download” button under the the green “Watch Now” button. The video can be started and played before the download is actually complete. Once the video download finished, I set my phone to airplane mode (all radios turned off) to test offline viewing. The app showed me what you see in the above screenshot, letting me know that I had 76 days to view the movie while offline. And this shot clock doesn’t start ticking until a video is actually started in offline mode.
While I guess that the offline period depends on what kind of license is attached to a video, even seven days should be enough for most business and vacation trips that may include disconnected times while in a plane, train, or bus. Plus, this clock is turned off once connection to the Internet is reestablished.
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The particular movie I downloaded to test was 1 hour 50 minutes long. The Standard Definition version clocked in at 606 MB, and later can be deleted from within the app to free up space. Expect an HD video of the same length to be much larger than this.
All told, the movie played back as intended. I did find TV shows have a slightly different visual interface. Each episode has a download icon (a downward-pointing arrow) to indicate episodes available for offline viewing.
So far, Netflix has not responded to Amazon’s offering of a long-desired feature to be able to download thousands of videos from a fixed price library. It may feel its prime-time traffic dominance can let it ignore this latest development. Earlier this year, Sandvine reported Netflix accounted for 36.5% of peak evening hours North American Internet traffic. Amazon and Hulu accounted for 1.97% and 1.91% of the traffic, respectively, by comparison.
If Amazon’s new feature attracts enough of its customers (like me) to take a closer look at its library, Netflix, with its soon-to-be-reduced movie content, may suddenly feel more pressure as customers turn to Amazon and other streaming video service providers in increasing numbers.