Consumers have been able to download movies and television shows from sources like iTunes and Google Play for years. Even Amazon has offered its primetime users the ability to temporarily download their favorite movies or shows for offline viewing. Now Netflix wants to take things up a notch as they consider offering offline viewing as a part of its streaming service.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement at the company’s Q1 2016 earnings call on Monday [April 18th]. He said the company should “keep an open mind” to the idea when asked why Netflix doesn’t offer an offline feature.
Netflix is available almost everywhere, except for China and a handful of smaller markets. If it becomes possible to binge watch House of Cards while being underground in a NYC subway, this takes Netflix another step up towards being a global market.