It’s happened to the best of us.
You’ve watched five or six episodes of a show, and you’re totally on a roll. But unfortunately, the outside world beckons — and your data plan isn’t that into the idea of streaming the rest of the season.
If this sounds familiar, you’ll want to keep reading, because Netflix just made a totally game-changing announcement.
You can now download your favorite Netflix content to your mobile phone or tablet and watch it offline later.
Even better? This new capability is rolled into your current membership price, no matter which Netflix plan you’re on.
Download Netflix Shows and Movies to Your Phone or Tablet — for Free!
“While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited,” reads the Nov. 30 press release.
To satisfy that demand, Netflix enabled download capability for phones and tablets on both Android and iOS — a service freely included in all existing Netflix plans. Note: You do have to be signed into your own profile to view items downloaded there!
Not all shows and films are available for download (yet), but many are, including hits like “Orange is the New Black” and “Narcos.” Netflix will continue to add download capability to more content over the coming weeks.
How Netflix’s New Option to Download Saves You Money
Well, first of all, it doesn’t cost anything — it’s part of your existing membership fee. Heck yeah, free upgrades!
And since you’re a savvy Penny Hoarder, you’re already getting your Netflix membership for free, right?
Further, the new option to download saves you money on data if you’re already willing to stream shows on a mobile device in a location without public Wi-Fi. (Having once watched — and paid for — several episodes of “Breaking Bad” while being tattooed, I can relate to this struggle.)
The new deal is also a great option if a friend or family member wants to watch something else at the same time, but you don’t want to shell out for a multi-screen plan.
Just have that person download a few episodes or movies to their favorite device and watch them offline. You can still stream live from your computer or TV just fine!
So go ahead and take your Netflix to exotic new locations. (But keep the “chill” part at home, please!)
Your Turn: Where will you continue your next Netflix binge?
Jamie Cattanach is a Netflix-obsessed staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.