Repeat viewers beware: Netflix limits the number of times you can download videos

Netflix binging offline may not be so simple after all.

The video-streaming company announced last year that it would be letting users download movies to watch on-the-go in places where Wi-Fi isn’t available. It’s a great feature, but as is the case with pretty much anything, there’s a bit of a catch.

The number of times a user can download a movie or show is limited, and Netflix hasn’t made it clear, according to Digital Trends. But according to the company, this information has been available since the feature was launched.

Any content downloaded has an expiration date, which is directly stated in the site’s help section. This means you only have, say 48 hours, to watch you movie you downloaded you can’t keep it forever. Amazon Prime’s download option has a similar restriction.

But users who wish to download the same movie or show multiple times may need to rethink that decision, because those are the downloads that appear to be limited, Android Police reported.

Android Police points out that rights holders to the movies and shows have the ability to put a limit on how many times content can be downloaded, and since Netflix doesn’t own most of the shows and movies it provides, they really can’t bear all the blame here.

The company does state on its site that there may be a limit on the number of times a title can be renewed. However, it’s buried in the site’s help section, and there’s no clarification on which titles have limits, and which titles may not.

“In some cases, there may be limits to the number of titles from the same licensing agreement that you candownloadat the same time,” Netflix told Mashable in an email. “We will only enforce these limits in cases where our licensing agreements require us to do so”

So be careful about your repeat viewing. You may reach that dreaded limit sooner thank you think.

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