In the olden days of a couple of years ago, downloaded movies and TV shows were downloaded from PC to devices like iPods for on-the-go viewing. But the ubiquity of streaming services means you have all the entertainment you need at your fingertips.
But what if you do not? Wi-Fi is not everywhere and dead zones are real. Ask, which commute involves a tunnel.
Thankfully, many streaming services now have the option to download content for offline viewing .
You can download the entire Netflix catalog to view offline, but you can have your fill of Netflix Originals. To find something, tap the icon () on the bottom of your screen> Find Something / More to Download.
If you've got something in mind, go to a movie or show listing and look for under the description. If it's a TV show, scroll down and look for the next to the individual episode (s) you want. Tap it and your selection will download to your device; [1
On Android devices, the interface is a similar downloads icon. You'll find My Downloads under the hamburger menu (). This is where you can start playback, but also delete delete downloads. Click the pencil icon () at top, select individual movies or TV episodes, and trash them.
If storage is a concern, set Netflix on Android to standard video quality, which downloads faster and uses less space. Tap the hamburger menu ()> App Settings> Download Video Quality> Standard .
In App Settings, so set the Netflix app to download Wi-Fi only, activate "Smart Downloads" so the app grabs the next episode when you finish it, check it out by Netflix videos, delete all downloads at once, and set the download location: if you have external storage options like SD card, you can tell Netflix to send downloads there. Playback is limited to the device that downloaded it; the app puts DRM on the file, locking it to the device. Amazon Prime Video
Select movies and videos streaming on Amazon Prime Video available via Amazon Prime for $ 119 a year or separately for $ 12.99 per month-can iOS, Android, or Amazon's Fire OS. Note that you have to pay the paying member to download; It does not work for Amazon Household members.
You'll see a download button () on eligible videos in the Prime Video app on either iOS or Android.
When a download is complete, a download button will appear in the app on iOS. Tap that to access all your downloaded videos. On Android, tap the hamburger menu () to find them.
If storage is an issue, go to Settings ()> Streaming & Downloading> Download Quality and select Good, Better, or Best, which are best in 1 hour using 0.9GB of data and storage on iOS or 0.46GB on Android).
On Android, go to > Settings> Stream & Download> Download Quality . Android users get a Data Saver setting for really small, low-res versions. If you want to change it with each download, set it to "Always Ask" and you'll get a pop-up with each click of the .
As far as availability, there are limits, but you'll find most Prime Originals and anything Amazon distributed easy to grab. Add-ons from premium channels like Showtime and Starz do not allow downloads (sorry, American Gods fans).
Of course, Amazon is more than willing to pay or sell individual movies and shows that are not streaming on Prime. Apple iOS users want to buy or rent on Amazon.com via a browser and then return to the app to watch (this way, Amazon does not have to give Apple a cut of the purchase price). Note that Amazon usually displays the HD version, which can be more expensive and take up more space than SD. Click "More Purchase Options" for SD. Tap Library () on iOS to find purchases. On Android, use > Video Library.
Downloading videos from YouTube is a cottage industry all its own. Vendors inundate PCMag all the time hoping to get a mention in our YouTube video download tutorial. Even if they are not breaking YouTube's Terms of Service, search options may prevent people from making money on YouTube.
To be on the up and up and still get YouTube video downloads, subscribe for $ 9.99 per month to YouTube Premium, which axes commercials, provides access to YouTube Originals, YouTube Music, and allows for video downloads. (Buyer beware: the cost is $ 15.99 a month if you set up premium via the app on iOS that's Google charging you extra, passing the Apple tax on to customers .)
Once you've subscribed, the app will show a Premium logo. Click the Save icon () on a video on your iOS or Android phone or tablet and select your video quality: Medium (360p video) or High (720p) -some offer a Low (144p) option. Grab a whole playlist if you desire. The icon turns blue after the download is complete. Access them from the Library tab, under Downloads.
Naturally, YouTube Premium restricts playback to a device signed into the same account. Downloads disappear after 30 days. After the free trial, you'll just see the download button when you subscribe. Once you are down to just 5 percent or less, you can not download videos with YouTube Premium until you clear some space.
Downloads work for all YouTube Originals. They are just household names, but they may not be 18. It's also likely to change from big names like Jordan Peele to make their debut.
As for the rest of the videos on YouTube, which you can download is at the discretion of the uploader / owner. YouTube
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Hulu-which is owned by a conglomeration of TV network owners , including Disney-recently, had long been pleased that downloading options were coming to the service. But so far, nothing. Chances are, downloads will arrive sometime in 2019. If for no reason other than Hulu, which has seen great growth in the long run, seems to be taking on Netflix in a big way. Netflix announced an increase in sales.
Purchase: iTunes and Google Play
Like if you buy or rent a movie or tv show on a service, you are usually given the right to download it to your mobile device. The original ways of doing so remain as long as they are in the past: iTunes Store on the iPhone or iPad and the Google Play Store on Android devices.
Apple fans can shop on the desktop using the iTunes software for Windows or macOS. Purchases may be transferred to an iOS device on the account. The iTunes Store is also an app that's included with every iOS device. Apple has been looking for deals in studios.
Like Amazon, Apple usually wants to display the HD price. If it's "Also available in SD."
Keep tabs on your download progress via the Purchased section (accessed via the More () button). Apple's TV app (available on iOS 10.2+ devices).
On Android devices, via the Google Play Store can be found in the Movies & TV app. This is not a download button (). Click it, if you want to download HD or SD version, and download for offline viewing.
After the download button turns to a checkmark, it returns to remove the video from the device. You'll get a warning that to watch it in the future, you'll need to be online. Or you can just download it again.