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Netflix and fly: move over inflight entertainment, you can now download from your Netflix account

Travellers no longer need to be tethered to the internet to watch their favourite movies and TV shows while on the road, as Netflix has announced that members can now download content to their devices at no extra cost.

Now you can watch Netflix without an internet connection.
Now you can watch shows without an internet connection. Image by Netflix

The news will no doubt be welcomed by those who regularly find themselves on long plane, train or bus rides – as avid travellers will no longer have to stop a series mid-binge because they have a trip planned. In a Netflix blog post, director of product innovation, Eddy Wu, noted that they had heard from many members that they want to be able to watch series and films on airplanes or other places where internet is spotty, expensive or not available.

Stranger Things.
Stranger Things. Image by Netflix

Now, members around the world can just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and watch it later.

There will be a Gilmore Girls-themed festival.
Gilmore Girls. Image by Netflix

Right now, shows like Orange in the New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download, with more content on the way. The feature is available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS. Users must update the app to the most recent version to take their shows on the go.