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Netflix might introduce offline viewing after all, letting viewers download and watch content where they don't have an internet connection.

The firm has repeatedly denied it would ever offer the feature, despite arch rival Amazon Prime Video introducing it. Other services like BBC iPlayer also let viewers watch offline.

Now Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he is open-minded about it.

Quizzed about the feature, he said, "We should keep an open mind on all this. As we expand around the world where we see an uneven set of networks, it's something we should keep an open mind about."

Hastings was speaking to investors during an earnings call. During the call, the firm also revealed it now has 81.5 million users globally, which is up on the 74.8 million it previously reported.

Of the 81.5 million, 77.71 million are paying members, with the rest enjoying a free trial.

It also announced which shows and films will be available in HDR in the coming months. (HDR provides an image quality with greater depth by boosting the colour profile.) These are: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', 'Bloodline', 'Chef's Table', Daredevil', 'The Defenders', 'The Do-Over', 'Hibana', 'Iron Fist', 'Jessica Jones', 'Knights of Sidonia', 'Luke Cage' and 'The Ridiculous Six'.

The firm confirmed that 100 hours of HDR content will be available by the end of August, with another 50 before the end of the year. You'll need the 4K subscription – not to mention a pretty pricey telly – to enjoy HDR content.

Source: Tech Insider, Engadget

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