The next time you’re traveling, you won’t need an Internet connection to watch Amazon Prime TV shows and movies.
The video on demand streaming service has enabled “offline viewing” on popular phones and tablets, letting monthly subscribers download shows like “Transparent” and “Under the Dome” without having to pay extra.
This feature has been available on Amazon Fire tablets for months, but now it’s expanding to a wider array of devices on the iOS and Android platforms, so most of Amazon’s subscribers can take advantage of it. For Amazon, “offline viewing” is a way to differentiate its service from Netflix, Hulu and other competitors.
Netflix has previously argued that the feature is unnecessary — a “short term fix for a bigger problem,” as a representative put it last year, with the bigger problem being wireless Internet availability.
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