Netflix new offline mode isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

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Earlier this week, Netflix announced the launch the one feature users have always wanted – an offline mode.

After months of rumours, Netflix users are now able to download their favourite shows and watch them back on their smartphone or tablet without an internet connection.

However, there’s a catch.

Since the offline mode was announced, Netflix users have spotted that the new feature is not available across the whole Netflix library and it can not be used on some of the company’s most popular shows.

The problem is apparently because Netflix is yet to agree a rights deal for certain shows that will allow its users to download the shows rather than stream them online.

The company has said it is currently working to try and secure the rights for more TV shows and movies and that it hopes to make all programming available on offline mode.

“Netflix is working with lots of partners globally to get downloading rights for the bulk of the content on our service, a spokesperson told Polygon.

“This is an ongoing effort as we know consumers want this capability and we are working to provide it.”

The most high profile omission is the newly launch Gilmore Girls, while the popular Luke Cage series and movies such as Avengers: Civil War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are also unavailable for download.

The good news is that most of Netflix’s original programming is available in offline mode, meaning that you can download shows such as Narcos, Orange is the New Black and the excellent Stranger Things.

Netflix Offline Mode

Offline mode is available on the Android and iOS versions of the Netflix app and is very easy to use.

The updated app includes a new tab “Available to Download” – just tap on that and you are presented with all the shows available in offline mode.

Alternatively, look out for the download icon in the bottom right of the screen when you select an episode.

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