Netflix, the leader in digital subscriptions, has just made a major update to their app for Android and iPhone users (are Windows Phone users even a thing anymore?). This update brings one major thing that fans have clamored for quite a while. The only problem is in how it is implemented. It is kind of random.
The latest update to the Netflix app adds downloads to many shows. Such as Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, and many more Netflix originals. It is almost a requirement that the Netflix original programming be some of the first pieces of content to support this new option.
Non-Netflix original programming that is currently included in the new offline playback option includes Breaking Bad, Minions, Kung Fu Panda 3, Pulp Fiction, Hot Fuzz, and many more. Like I said, this is almost super random–similar to how they select what is brought to the service in the first place (Kung Fu Panda 3 but not the first two?).
This new offline playback option brings more choices to users. Namely in the video quality level that you are comfortable with. There are two options: Standard and Higher. Standard is obviously smaller in size as it is a lower resolution, while higher is, well, a higher resolution quality but will take up more room on your device–and take longer to download than Standard will. They have left out one crucial detail about these options. Just what resolution is Standard and Higher? They didn’t tell anyone.
Okay, the last part to this update. For those that do not know, Netflix offers multiple tiers to their customers based on expected usage needs. What is cool about offline playback is that Netflix is including it in all plans. Yep, you won’t have to have the highest priced plan to enjoy offline playback. I think the digital service deserves a thank you for that one as they could have easily kept offline playback for higher priced plans. They didn’t.