Netflix for Windows 10 update brings support for download, offline viewing

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Netflix has updated its app for Windows 10 bringing in features including download and offline viewing – features that have been available on iOS and Android versions since last year.

While the features are definitely a great thing to have, the number of movies and TV shows available for download or offline viewing are limited owing to restrictions enforced by third-party licensors. Netflix is making all its original shows available for offline viewing and download and some third-party licensors have done the same including the copyright holders of Breaking Bad and Gotham.

The ‘My Downloads’ option is available in the Windows 10 app through the hamburger menu button on the top-left. You will also see the ‘Available for Download’ option placed above all genre selections.

In terms of settings, the Windows 10 offline viewing is again like its mobile counterpart. You can pick from two different video qualities – Standard, or High – which lets you control how quickly downloads happen, and how much space they occupy on your computer. If you want your Netflix content to be in high-definition, stick to the higher quality option.

The updated settings section also shows how much hard-drive storage is being occupied by Netflix downloaded data. On High setting, a standard hour-length episode, say the pilot of 13 Reasons Why, comes in at just over 700MB; while a film such as Fight Club – at over two hours of length – will take up 2.3GB of storage.

To get the new feature, just make sure your Netflix app is updated from the Windows Store. For now, it seems Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One aren’t getting offline viewing.

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