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You can now download Netflix shows and watch them offline. This means that you can now watch Netflix on planes or other places where wifi is expensive or non-existent.

“The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.”

When I downloaded the Netflix app for my phone, an immediate pop up heralded the news.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-20-48-am Not all shows are available for download yet, so I clicked around to see what is.

Right now, I’m re-watching Mad Men Season 7. The entire Mad Men series is available for download.screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-20-57-am I recently re-watched one of my top-three movies, and it is available for download, which surprised me since City of God is a relatively obscure Brazilian movie.screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-21-04-am Downton Abbey, a show that would make for good binge watching on the plane although it undeniably goes downhill in later seasons, is available for download.
screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-21-11-am So is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and I assume all the other Netflix originals are too.screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-21-18-am

Bottom Line

We no longer have to rely on airlines’ sometimes limited entertainment selections. We can now download many shows and movies from Netflix for offline viewing on our phones and tablets. As long as airlines continue to put more power outlets in the cabin to support the battery-draining Netflix binging we can now do onboard, this is great news!

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