Netflix users can now download some shows and movies to watch offline


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“Orange is the New Black” is among several Netflix shows and films that can now be watched offline, thanks to a new “download” feature that the company announced on Wednesday.

The features is available for phones and tablets on Android 4.4.2 or higher and iOS 8 and above, by updating the Netflix app, the company said in a statement. Popular shows like “Narcos,” “Stranger Things,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Blacklist” are available for download, as are films such as “Spotlight,” “Limitless,” and “Burn After Reading.”

Of course, downloading the content still uses data and requires an internet connection, but the new feature means users worldwide can access the show while on airplanes or travelling in the subway. There’s no extra cost for Netflix members.

In a CNBC interview earlier this month, chief content officer Ted Sarandos had hinted at a new offline mode to help audiences where high internet speeds are not present.

The entertainment technology company said in October it would increasingly focus on programming like “Stranger Things,” both produced and owned by Netflix, because it would give the company more flexibility with the rights to its content. Netflix has faced growing competition from services like Amazon, which offers selected downloads in addition to streaming.

Netflix shares rose nearly 1.5 percent on Wednesday, while companies like JetBlue, United Continental, and in-flight wireless provider ViaSatall dipped more than 1 percent.

— CNBC’s Elizabeth Gurdus and Arujun Kharpal contributed to this report.

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