Netflix Answers Our Prayers, Lets Us Download Shows

Now you can mourn for Barb on the go

Nov 30, 2016 at 2:32 PM ET

Netflix has decided to ease us into the last days of this seemingly never-ending month with a dash of hope. On Wednesday, the company announced a practical change to its model—allowing users across the world to download episodes of their favorite show for offline binge watching.

The move is a long time coming for subscribers, who have clamored for a way to watch shows like Stranger Things on the go without draining their mobile data plan for years. Now they can just jump onto most any Android or iOS smartphone and tablet and click the download button seen on a program’s details page. There’s two options to select from as well, depending on whether you value video quality or cramming lots of shows onto your device.

But while the feature is available immediately as of Wednesday, it’s not the whole kit and kaboodle. Like Amazon’s download offerings for Prime members, not every piece of content on Netflix is or will be downloadable, though Netflix says the selection will steadily grow. Different regions have a different roster of downloadable content as well. Unsurprisingly, the feature is geared toward Netflix original content. Still, that’s an improvement over nothing, especially for fans of Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and The Crown, other Netflix series available today. Your offline bliss can begin just as soon as you download today’s update.