That looks like it8217;s going to change, judging by a recent app teardown carried out by XDA Developers. The code indicates that if you only have enough time to download half a film, for example, you8217;ll be able to watch up to that point.
- 8220;You8217;ve reached the end of what8217;s been downloaded so far. Please connect to the internet to continue watching.8221;
- 8220;You need to download a bit more to start watching.8221;
- “You’ve reached the end of what you’ve downloaded so far. Would you like to download over cellular to continue watching?”
This could be handy if you8217;re rushing out of the house before the download finishes, or you just need enough to get you through the commute home, when you reconnect to your home Wi-Fi. It could also be used as an aid for those on slow connections, effectively acting as an anti-buffering tool. It8217;s also likely to ensure users aren8217;t tempted to jump over to their cellular connection to watch content when some of it is available offline.
This version of the app is available on the Play Store, but it appears the feature is dormant for now. It could be saved for a future update and we8217;d expect some fanfare from Netflix when it goes live.
Given how much of the library is made up by Netflix8217;s original content these days, the availability of shows to download has skyrocketed since the feature initially launched. So, this should be really helpful.