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Netflix plans disabling the download feature on Windows app

Netflix plans disabling the download feature on Windows app
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Netflix is making a significant change to its Windows app by disabling the download feature, preventing users from watching content offline on Windows devices. This update has already started to roll out for some users, with reports surfacing on social media platforms. One frustrated user, @ArtemR, expressed their discontent with the update.

Labelled as a “new Windows app experience” by Netflix, this update introduces access to live events and the introduction of Netflix’s ad-supported plan, which has gained popularity since its inception. With a significant portion of Netflix subscriptions now coming from the ad-supported plan, the update disables downloads for offline viewing.

While Netflix assures users that offline viewing is still possible on “supported mobile devices,” laptops are no longer considered among these supported devices. The update is described as “coming soon,” allowing users some time before the change takes effect. However, not all users have been affected yet, indicating a phased rollout, possibly implemented regionally.

As of now, it remains unclear when the update will reach users in Pakistan. With this change, the days of offline viewing on Windows devices are numbered, which may lead to dissatisfaction among users, especially those who heavily rely on offline viewing. Users may find themselves needing to switch to mobile devices to continue enjoying the offline viewing feature offered by Netflix.

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