Pretty Soon You Might Not Need Internet to Netflix and Chill
Is the streaming giant about to introduce downloading?
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2016 6:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Multiple industry insiders tell Light Reading that a major revolution is about to hit Netflix. Well, major as far as watching old episodes of Frasier goes. "My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers," one source says. That's right, Netflix users could soon be watching Orange Is the New Black without an internet connection. A Netflix spokesperson wouldn't confirm to the New York Daily News that downloading is coming, but Amazon Prime debuted downloading last fall, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he was open to the idea earlier this year. If Netflix's service is anything like Amazon Prime's, users would be able to download select content onto their devices then watch it at their leisure, WiFi or no.