You can now download Netflix shows and watch them offline

It's great news for commuters, travelers, and anyone with limited data.

Netflix has given subscribers the Christmas gift they always wanted, but up until now had been denied: downloadable content.

The video-streaming giant announced Wednesday users can download shows and movies to their cellphones and tablets, allowing subscribers to watch offline.

The move will come as a huge boost to commuters and vacationers who now have an extra option for entertainment in-transit – it'll also help you limit mobile data usage when on the move.

"While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited," Netflix said in a news release.

"Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection."

To see the download option, make sure you have the latest version of the Netflix app downloaded on your Android of iOS device, with the download option appearing when you click on a show or movie.

A number of shows and movies are available for streaming immediately – many of them Netflix original series like Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Narcos, and The Crown.

But there are other series, such as Parks and Recreation and The Office, that can also be downloaded, as well as movies like Home and Minions.

Netflix told Twitter followers that more content would become available to download in the near future.

Consequence of Sound reports Netflix streaming rival Amazon already offers offline viewing after downloading, but nonetheless the news has been received well by investors, with shares up 2 percent early Wednesday.

The website says offline content "gives users one more reason to keep their subscriptions alive, and it might entice some new subscribers too."

ExpandedRamblings estimates Netflix's worldwide subscriber number at 86.7 million, of which around 60 percent are in the U.S.

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