Netflix might be cool with letting you watch shows offline

Our love affair with Netflix is no secret — Netflix is there for us when we’re bored, it’s our pal when we’ve been dumped, and it brought life to two of our favorites, Orange Is The New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Without it, binge-watching would be super difficult. So, unless the company decides to generously give their services out for free, there’s probably nothing else that’d make Netflix more awesome, right? Wrong. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just commented on a brand new feature that we didn’t even think we needed — offline viewing.

Peter Kafka from Recode asked about this feature during their taped, quarterly earnings call. “We should keep an open mind on all this… as we expand around the world where we see an uneven set of networks, it’s something we should keep an open mind about,” Hastings responded.

So, that kind of means it’s possibly something that’s been discussed before. Heck, Amazon has introduced offline features with their services, so it’s definitely something that can be done, and something Netflix is probably interested in, in order to stay competitive. Here’s the video of the entire meeting — Kafka appears shortly after the 22-minute mark. (Shortly before, they also talk about future releases, which is pretty interesting.)

Offline viewing will allow you to take your movies everywhere, and not just in places with a sturdy Wifi connection. That means that if you’re a frequent traveler, and want to catch up on some shows during a particularly long flight, it’d already be saved and ready while you’re gnawing on your airline meal. While many airlines have increased their entertainment selections in recent years (and let’s be honest, those tiny TV screens on the back of seating are pretty charming) this would give you, as a passenger, a little bit more control.

The one thing standing in the way? Licensing. So, even if Netflix makes this switch, it may take awhile for everything to fall into place. So, it’s likely that this feature won’t be available before your summer vacation this year. But still, it’d be a huge step forward for one of our ultimate favorite companies.

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