Netflix today released an update to their mobile app that now allows SHIELD tablet and SHIELD tablet K1 users to download movies and shows for offline viewing. Available worldwide, the new feature gives SHIELD tablet users the flexibility to either stream or download many of their favorite shows and movies.
To use the new feature you’ll first have to update your current Netflix installation. Head over to the Google Play store, search for Netflix and hit “Update.” Once the update is complete, when you launch Netflix, you’ll be met with a screen announcing the new “Download & Go” feature.
I decided to start off by downloading “Narcos.” Once at the main series page you’ll be presented with a Download icon giving SHIELD tablet users the option to download individual episodes.
Once your downloads are complete you’ll be able to view and manage your downloaded content from the individual users’ home screen. From this screen you’ll also be able to launch or delete content as you wish.
Because these downloads can be large, Netflix gives users two options: Standard quality and Higher quality. According to Netflix, “Standard quality is a slightly lower video resolution that requires less storage space and takes less time to download. Higher quality is a higher video resolution that requires more storage space and takes more time to download.” They don’t however, tell you exactly what this means from a user experience perspective, but a 1 hour (57 minutes) episode of “Narcos” is about 247 megabytes in standard definition. Expect the Higher quality download to be about twice that. The Netflix’ help center explains how to setup either Standard or Higher quality downloads but you can also just follow these steps:
Additionally, according to Netflix, “Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way.” Right now don’t expect the entire Netflix catalog to be available for download. Most Netflix original content is currently available to download as well as popular shows like “30 Rock” and “Breaking Bad” as well as select movies. Netflix will continue to make even more content available for download going forward.
If you don’t already own an NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1, run out and grab one today.