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Netflix offline viewing to allow download of 'some of' its shows

Tweets from Netflix US and UK appear to show that the streaming service is preparing to allow its users to download shows for offline viewing.

The announcement itself was accompanied by a screenshot from footage of The Crown, House of Cards, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, Stranger Things, Narcos, Orange is the New Black and Black Mirror. 

The keen eyed Netflix fans amongst you will notice that all of these shows are Netflix original productions, suggesting that the "some of your favourite shows" phrase in Netflix UK's tweet refers to shows where Netflix owns the rights. 

Netflix has been cagey about supporting offline viewing in the past. As recently as 2015, Netflix's Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said, "I feel like what consumers want is not the download model."

"I think the download model is fairly complex. You have to plan ahead; if you're planning for a long flight you're going to need quite a lot of storage to hold maybe several titles and a lot of time to prep that download. And I think that's challenging."

However more recently rumors have begun to emerge about Netflix planning to support downloads and offline viewing. 

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Source: Techradar

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