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A Simple Guide on How to Watch Netflix Offline

A Simple Guide on How to Watch Netflix Offline
Written by Chinmay Rastogi

Netflix is a great service provided to users who want a single space for all their favourite TV shows and movies. It lets you stream your favourite content anytime and in great quality. All you need is an internet connection and a subscription on Netflix. Now, although people wouldn’t mind paying for such a great service, the online streaming only part of Netflix makes a lot of people frown at times.

Cliff Edwards, CEO of Netflix, has completely rebuffed of the company to every provide offline content. He regards it to be a temporary solution to the ubiquitous problem of good internet connectivity. Well, we know that internet connectivity is not good everywhere in the world, which is the reason why people look for ways to download the content they want and then watch it on their devices whenever they want. So then, how to watch Netflix offline?

Don’t worry. There are ways to watch Netflix offline. They are not official ways to go about the business, but strictly legal. Downloading content from Netflix is just not an option, as it is against their Terms of Use. So, to answer the question of how to watch Netflix offline that got you to read this article, here are some simple methods to get the job done:

Use PlayLater to download Netflix content

PlayLater is a service that is similar to a Digital Video Recorder. All you need to do is open the Netflix media file on the website that you want to record and run the PlayLater application along with it. The application will record the media in the background, and you can then watch the downloaded content anytime and anywhere you want.

The catch, though, is that it costs about $20 for a yearly subscription and $40 for a lifetime subscription. But if downloading Netflix content is your utmost priority, then going for PlayLater can be your ticket for offline watching of Netflix.

Use a Recorder

The simplest way to do this is record your screen while you run Netflix content on your browser. It is not the best solution to get the job done as you will not be able to do much besides recording while the stream completes. A better way to record Netflix is to use free recording services. They might help you a little better, but it is always better to go for a service that charges you some money in return of offering you good service, like Audials.

All you need to do is set up the software, which is rather simple, and enter the URL of the media you want to record. Audials will record the content and also allow you to choose how big a size you are comfortable with. Recorded files can be of huge sizes, so this is a handy feature.

Download a DVR

This is a simple method to watch Netflix anywhere. DVRs like Comcast’s X1 DVR with Cloud Technology is a good bet to help you record Netflix content and then later watch it at your leisure. However, there are many conditions associated with it like:

  • Service available only in select Comcast areas
  • Works only with Xfinity TV app for iOS and Android
  • Device authorization required
  • Restrictions on what content can or cannot be recorded


Offline watching for Netflix is something that has not had much success with users. People want to download it on their devices and then watch at as many times as they want, whenever they want and wherever they want. But with the company taking a firm stand on the issue, you will have to suffice with the above-mentioned ways for the time being to watch Netflix offline.

About the author

Chinmay Rastogi

Chinmay is an engineering student currently pursuing his final year in Computer Science and Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology. Born in 1994 and hailing from Jaipur, he has been writing web content and articles regularly for many websites. An avid reader and music enthusiast, nothing captivates him more than a beautiful combination of words, and that's what he strive to achieve. He is also the author of the 2015 fiction novel Chasing Sanity.


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