There is no denying the convenience of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. These days, rather than skipping through the channels on TV, looking for something we want to watch, we can instead binge-watch a whole box set.
Plus, rather than going to the cinema, many big-budget movies are now being created especially for these streaming services, allowing us to enjoy the latest movies in our homes. It just makes watching entertainment that much easier.
The only problem is, when it comes to watching our favourite TV shows or movies on the move, the lack of a good internet connection can make it impossible. Which can be annoying when you’d like to pass the time of a long plane or train journey with something fun to watch.
However, what many of us don’t realize, is that most streaming services although you to download and watch content offline as part of your normal subscription. So, before you spend a journey feeling bored, here’s how to download movies on some of your favourite accounts:
Amazon Prime Video
While many of us don’t subscribe to Amazon for their video streaming service online, many of us do have Amazon Prime for the wonderful free delivery. Yet, Amazon Prime Video is actually home to some great Blockbuster movies, well-loved TV shows and even impressive originals, making it one of the best streaming services around.
Downloading movies and shows on Amazon is very simple, just make sure you have “Free to Me” selected at the top of your app and you’ll be able to see a list of content available to download. Even better, Amazon have a wide breadth of content with everything from horror to kid’s favourites – ideal for long family trips.
When you find a movie you’d like to watch, simply select “Download” when you have wi-fi available. Then, when you’re ready to watch your show, just head to the “My Stuff” tab, where you’ll find a list of your downloaded content ready to watch offline.
Amazon Prime Video can be downloaded for free from IOS and Android. An Amazon Prime subscription (which comes with a host of other benefits) will cost around $119-per-year.
Perhaps one of the most popular streaming services around, just about everyone has had a Netflix subscription at some point. Especially when you consider that such a small monthly payment gives you access to some of the best original movies and TV shows around, such as Altered Carbon and The Witcher.
Plus, as well as those originals, Netflix is also home to lots of the most popular TV shows and movies available. There’s even a dedicated kid’s section, which allows you to let your children to choose what they’d like to watch without worrying that they’re clicking on something like Making a Murderer.
Like Amazon Prime Video, not all of Netflix’s content can be downloaded to watch offline, however, the app makes it very easy for you to find content that can be downloaded. For ease, just head to “Downloads” on the app and it will direct you to find something you’d like to download.
You can also download Netflix movies using your laptop, you just need to use the Netflix Windows 10 app or, for Chromebooks, there’s an Android app. Unfortunately, there’s no Mac version of this app, so you cannot watch Netflix offline on your MacBook.
Once in the downloadable section, Netflix very usefully puts that content into different categories such as popular, true crime, comedy etc. Which makes it far easier for users to find exactly the type of TV show or movie that they would like to watch.
Downloading from Netflix is also very quick – depending on your connection, of course. Which means, even if you forgot to download a movie in advance, it should only take a few minutes to download and be ready to watch.
Netflix downloadable content is available as part of a regular subscription service. The app is available on both IOS and Android and subscriptions start from $8.99 per month.
Disney Plus is one of the newest streaming sites to become available and it’s set to become extremely popular. That’s because, not only does it have an extensive backlog of Disney TV shows and movies, but it also comes with Star Wars, Marvel and a Simpsons backlog. Which means, this new streaming service is going to be popular with everyone in the family.
To download on Disney Plus, simply select the movie or TV show and click download. You’ll also be given the option of downloading an entire series when it comes to TV shows, which is very convenient. Downloading needs to be done over an internet connection.
To watch your downloaded movies offline, just click on the “Downloads” tab and choose the show or movie you’d like to view.
Disney Plus is still being rolled out across the globe. Once available, the app can be found on iOS and Android from $7-per-month or $70-per-year.
Google Play Movies
If you’re looking for the latest in movies to download, Google Play Movies is often your best bet. Unlike the others on this list, where you pay either a monthly or yearly fee and get access to a set amount of entertainment, with Google Play Movies you pay for individual movies or TV shows.
Once you’ve purchased a TV show or movie, you will be able to download it on up to five different devices to watch. This is particularly good for parents, as you’ll be able to download the same movie onto different tablets for kids to watch while travelling.
If you’re an Android user you’ll be able to purchase and download on that phone or tablet. As for iPhone users, although you can download and use the app to watch downloads, you will not be able to purchase new movies. That’s just one downside to what is otherwise a very user-friendly app to use.
You can download Google Play Movies for free on Android and iOS. The price of movies and TV shows will vary.
When you upgrade to YouTube Premium, you’ll find that there are a lot of free movies that you can download and watch offline. The streaming service allows you to watch videos ad-free and you’ll also get access to YouTube Music too.
Like the other streaming services on this list, YouTube Premium has a special section where you can find downloadable content suitable for your children. Ideal for allowing you to choose to see what content they can see.
If you’re unsure about YouTube Premium, you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial to see if this is a service that you would use on a regular basis – making it worthwhile for the money. To sign up for YouTube Premium on Android, just go to the YouTube app. For iOS, you can pay and download the app on iTunes.
The YouTube Premium streaming service starts from $11.99 per month.
While downloading movies legally might have been a long and laborious task in the past, these days streaming services make it easy. So, once you’ve figured out which streaming service is ideal for you, you’ll never have to struggle through a boring journey again – you’ll be too busy enjoying a good movie!