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Netflix *might* introduce offline viewing soon and our monthly data limit couldn't be happier

Bye-bye social life.

By Natasha Harding

Ever been on a plane, train, bus or sofa, in the mood to binge-watch some PLL, but realised you don't have a wi-fi connection/3G data limit left that month? If these aren't rare occurrences in your life, you’re going to like this news very much indeed.

Netflix’s chief producer officer, Neil Hunt, has previously said the whole offline viewing thing was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, basically coz you'd have to remember to download something so you could watch it offline later and he wasn't sure us Netflix devotees would be keen to do that. He reckon we're all about the impulse, on-demand lyf which TBF is pretty accurate.

BUT...
Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has since told re/code they’re now considering it.

"We should keep an open mind on this. We’ve been so focused on click-and-watch and the beauty and simplicity of streaming. But as we expand around the world, where we see an uneven set of networks, it’s something we should keep an open mind about."

While we’re on the topic of upcoming Netflix changes, the company also announced it’s going to be releasing heaps more HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, meaning basically better and more realistic viewing quality for all. And by ‘all’, we mean people with HDR TVs – as they’re pretty much the only peeps who are going to notice.

By the end of the year we can expect a HDR version of A Series of Unfortunate Events and a heap of Marvel shows.

So, all that’s left to do in the meantime is just hold our breath in protest until this offline thing goes ahead.