Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline

Netflix announced members now have the option to download movies and shows to watch offline later. This means you can finally watch the new season of Stranger Things and Bloodline while on a flight or stuck in the subway, CNN reports.

The feature comes free of cost with all Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) memberships. Members will want to make sure they have the most recent Netflix app on their Android or iOS devices to access the new "download" button.

Up until now, you needed a place with a reliable internet connection to access the streaming service. But Netflix wants to make its product more nimble to suit the lives of those on the go.

The company previously argued the feature was unnecessary, calling it a "short term fix for a bigger problem." That problem, of course, being wireless internet availability.

But its competitor Amazon Prime embraced offline downloads for iOS and Android users more than a year ago.

According to Netflix's Help Center page, "you'll want to delete" downloaded titles before attempting to download new content.

The company said in an email to CNNMoney it is working with "lots" of partners globally on securing downloading rights "for the bulk of the content on our service."

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