If you’re a commuter that frequently finds themselves on a subway or bus, aren’t willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money to get extra data or are just heading out on a road trip with the family, this story is for you!
In case you haven’t already heard, Netflix now allows you to download your favourite TV shows and movies right on to your mobile phone. As someone who somehow managed to blow through her data with 2 weeks still left in her plan, I’m rejoicing.
That sounds amazing, what’s the catch?
Well if you were about to try and catch up on the latest episodes of How to Get Away With Murder or watching Deadpool, you’re SOL. At least for now. Only shows that Netflix has produced, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or the third season of Black Mirror are available for download. You can definitely bet that that’s as far as any lawyers were gonna let it go. At least for now.
So I can watch them on my computer too? Sweet.
Uh, not so fast. Most likely more copyright limitations here. If you have the mobile app on your iPhone or Android, then download to your heart’s content. But, if you were looking to transfer those files on to a bigger screen, you’re out of luck. Any downloaded media will live within the app, not as a separate file on your device.
Can I keep the episodes forever?
Again, not quite. Since you’re paying a recurring monthly fee to access all of Netflix’s content rather than a one-time fee to access just one piece of content, it’s going to work pretty similarly to how a rental from the iTunes Store would. From the time you press play, you’ve got 48 hours to watch the episode/movie, and then it gets removed the Downloads section. But that doesn’t necessarily apply to all the content you’re able to download either. If Netflix is removing the program from their library, you’ll be notified of that as well. For all your downloads though, you should receive a notification of the expiry time, so you won’t have to worry about these limitations too much, especially since you don’t have to pay each time you download an episode.
Easy enough, right?