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Perhaps you’re familiar with the all-too-common dilemma: pay exorbitant amounts for in-flight internet to entertain yourself, figure out if the in-flight entertainment is worth your time, or sit in agonizingly bored silence for the duration of your flight? A newly announced Netflix feature means that with a little preparation and foresight, you’ll never need to choose between those two options again. As of November 30th, 2016, you can download certain shows and movies directly from Netflix.
The official announcement of the new feature makes it clear that more shows and movies will be available to download as time goes on. However, there are already some great options!
You can get caught up on Stranger Things, if you managed to resist the major hype from a few months ago. All available episodes of Netflix’s highly rated new show The Crown are also ready to download. The beloved Parks and Recreation is a lighthearted way to kill time on your flight, and all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation is available to help you through longer trips. Other available shows include Narcos, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Dexter, and Orange Is the New Black.
For a complete list of shows (and movies!) that you can now take with you, open the Netflix app and open the Available for Download list. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t currently available for web-based Netflix use; it only functions on iOS or Android phones & tablets. At this time, there’s no word on whether the service will be expanded to work on computers as well.
While it would be nice to have the option of downloading shows and movies on your laptop, having access to them on your smaller devices is still a great option. Best of all, the ability to download is included in your current Netflix subscription at no extra charge. Yes, you could always read a book, magazine, talk to your fellow passengers, or take a nap.
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