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You can now download Netflix content: here's how

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You won’t be tethered to the couch in order to binge-watch your favorite shows on Netflix anymore.

The streaming service giant announced Thursday that subscribers will be able to download their favorite shows to watch offline with the new "Download and Go" feature. That means when you put your phone in airplane mode you will still be able to enjoy “Stranger Things” or “Flash.”

Tech publication Gizmodo says concerns about your phone being a buffet of storage when using the service may not be as bad as you think.

Downloading content is only available for the iOS and Android app. You must have upgraded to iOS 8 or later and Android requires 4.4.2 or later.

They recommend, to prevent any unexpected mobile data charges, that you connect to a reliable WiFi connection to download your content.

As far as space goes, a show with a runtime of one-hour will require about 280 megabytes when downloading its standard version. The HD option will use almost twice as much at 440 megabytes.

If you have been meaning to catch up on the tech horror series Black Mirror, but need to catch a flight from one coast to the other and don’t want to take your chances on the airline’s shoddy WiFi service, this is where stockpiling Netflix shows becomes really handy.

Gizmodo says that a flight that lasts about 5.5 hours would afford you six episodes of Black Mirror and they have conveniently done the math.

You would need 1.86 gigabytes of free space for standard and 2.45 gigabytes for high-definition. Of course, taking a longer flight would require more planning.

Standard video is probably the fastest to download, whereas HD takes a little longer and eats up more space. The publication says Netflix defaults their downloads to standard video (720x480). Also HD support will vary by device. But SD will suffice if you’re just going to view your content on a phone or tablet.

You won’t be able to find the saved file either as Netflix has cloaked them. A Netflix spokesperson explains:

“The downloads can only be viewed within the Netflix mobile app; they aren’t like videos you download from the internet and store to your device.”

 Another important thing to note is that you aren’t able to move files to your laptops or desktops.

Gizmodo says the files will eventually expire, and each has a different expiration date.

Some expire in seven days while others in only 48-hours. You can check the “My Downloads” section of the Netflix app to see how much time is remaining.

*Note: Gilmore Girls is currently not available for download.