A Netflix statement said that "many of your favorite streaming series and movies" would be available for download and offline viewing on mobile devices. Otherwise, tap on something you'd like to watch offline, and if it's available for download there will be a downward arrow icon next to each episode. The company said that many of its streaming series and movie titles are already available for download, and more are on the way. The add-on could also help the company compete better against rival streaming services such as Amazon Prime which has had an offline downloading option for quite a while now. Offline viewing will make Netflix's shows more accessible to customers around the world, particularly in developing markets in Asia and Africa.
Netflix shares rose as much as 2.4 per cent before it eased, up 0.1 per cent to $117.62 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq. Plans range from $7.99 for the most basic service to $11.99 for service that includes HD and Ultra HD.
The latest versions of the company's mobile apps include a "download" button on the details page for a film or TV series - although not all titles on the streaming service are now available to watch offline.
Titles now up for downloads include shows like The Crown, Narcos, Orange is The New Black, Stranger Things, and Black Mirror.
In order to get this new feature, you'll need to download the latest version of the Netflix Android application.
Content now not available to download for offline viewing includes Netflix's reboots of "Gilmore Girls" and "Fuller House", as well as the Marvel street-hero series including "Daredevil", "Luke Cage" and "Jessica Jones".
Then, fire the app up and - just like Netflix says - you'll be presented with the new download option on select shows.
It is unclear as of now if there's a cap on how many shows or films people can download at once.