I tried out Netflix’s new download function over the weekend and this is what I thought

2016-12-05 09:52

*This article was first published on Channel24 on 5 December 2016.

Cape Town – With crappy internet connections and really bad service from local internet providers, using Netflix seemed like a silly dream.

All of that combined with expensive data costs had me walking circles around the American video on demand service.

And then, shortly before Christmas, Netflix delivered a small little gift that just changed the game for me. They finally added a download button that allows you to watch Netflix wherever and whenever you want.


Local internet TV provider, ShowMax, had long ago already added this function to their offering which made them an obvious choice for me to use. And now Netflix has joined the download-button-inner-circle.

So whenever there is WiFi you simply download your favourite shows to snack on later. It’s like a buffet table packed with treats. You just need to take your Tupperware and fill it to the brim to go and eat at home where nobody is judging you.

Is it easy to use?

It’s almost too easy. Simply sign up for an account (I selected the cheaper $7.99 option) and get rolling. Make sure to update the Netflix app on your smartphone or tablet to be able to download shows. There’s an option to view all the shows that are downloadable. (The new download feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.)

How to Netflix, download and chill. ??

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Is it worth it?

Not all of the selections in Netflix's video library can be downloaded, but most of the popular shows are there and available to watch offline. Like a kid in a candy story I had to try a bit of everything, from Narcos to Black Mirror to The Crown. There’s more than enough to keep you busy.

At the moment it’s not clear whether or not there is a cap on the amount of downloads you can do at one specific time. I downloaded a total of about 15 shows.

There isn’t an expiry date on how long you can keep the content. But once you’ve pressed play on an episode it will be removed from your download list automatically after 48 hours.  

What’s the catch?

Nada. Nothing. Or at least nothing I could find anyway.

Final thoughts?

If it wasn't for this download function I doubt I would've been able to try out Netflix. This one little setting has changed the game for me and it's actually affordable. I'll definitely keep my Netflix account and my ShowMax one as well, especially over the festive season. Internet TV for life!

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