Netflix is preparing to enrich its application with a new feature: offline playback of content that has not been fully downloaded. Good news for busy travelers.
The quality of Wi-Fi at stations and airports being what it is, completely completing the download of a film or the last episode of a series before boarding is not always guaranteed – especially abroad when it is not possible not easily fall back on 4G. Netflix knows this well and is therefore deploying a new feature on its application. It allows offline reading of downloads that have started… but not fully completed.
As a reminder, it was until now imperative that a content be downloaded in full on the internal storage for its reading to be authorized. Nothing could be more frustrating: being deprived of a film, sometimes only a few percent, is common. This situation will be a thing of the past very soon, at least on the Netflix app for Android.
More convenient download management
Netflix explains that this novelty is already being deployed on Android devices. As often, the iOS version of the application will be updated a little later to provide this functionality. For the moment, the firm evokes a test phase still in progress and speaks of a deployment “in the coming months», Without further details.
In the blog note detailing this novelty, Keela Robison (VP product and innovation at Netflix) explains for the rest that when a sufficiently solid connection is again relevant, the application will automatically resume the downloads launched previously. It will then be possible to continue watching content while its download finishes quietly in the background.
Practical in France, this new function should prove to be relevant for American users. Across the Atlantic, the often prohibitive prices of mobile plans make the user very dependent on Wi-Fi access points and their uncertain connection quality. Allowing playback of partial downloads therefore makes a lot of sense in this context.
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