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Netflix will never let you download shows for offline viewing, the company has confirmed.

"It's never going to happen," Cliff Edwards, Netflix's director of corporate communications and technology, told TechRadar. Which sounds pretty final.

Netflix reckons offline downloads are a "short-term fix for a bigger problem" which is the availability and quality of Wi-Fi. Because it expects Wi-Fi speeds and coverage to improve drastically in the near future, it thinks offline downloads are just a stopgap.

In five years, Edwards reckons, we won't even need to mention offline downloads. The London Underground has Wi-Fi coverage at 150 stations now, which is heading in the right direction.

Other streaming services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD offer shows for download so you can watch them offline. Tesco's Blinkbox service also added the functionality recently, so you can watch on your tablet without having to connect to Wi-Fi.

Netflix recently added a load of new features to its Android app, including Social Recommendation and Android Wear integration.

It also announced it aims to make 20 original series in the next five years.

Source: TechRadar

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