Netflix And Microsoft Are Offering Offline Playback For Windows 10 PC Customers
Streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, have grown in popularity over recent years, thanks in large part to the affordability factor and a wide-range of content. However, they do have one notable flaw. Those services require an active internet connection in order to be used. Most of the time, this isn’t an issue, but it can be a problem for people who on long plane rides or stuck somewhere without WiFi.
Netflix and Microsoft have teamed up to make those long Wifi-less plane rides a bit more bearable. As of today, the new Netflix App for Windows 10 will allow users to download movies and TV shows to their hard drive. Not only is this a nice feature, it’s also the first real reason we’ve seen to use the Netflix app on our PC. Previously, it’s been just as easy to bookmark the Netflix home page and go from there.
The current line of downloadable content is a bit lacking. As of right now, the options are mostly limited to Netflix’s own content. That being said, there’s still plenty of great TV to keep you occupied for hours at a time. Beyond that, we’re sure that the streaming service is working with licensing partners to expand the list of shows and movies that are eligible for download.
As of right now, the download feature is limited to the Windows PC version of the app and is not supported on the Xbox One or Windows phone. The lack of a mobile option seems like a particularly egregious oversight given how many people watch TV on their mobile devices. Then again, the flattering sales of the Windows Phone may have convinced Microsoft that investing in that app is not worth the effort.
The Netflix app is currently available from the Windows Store for free.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.