Netflix has announced that it added an SD card support to its newest Android app version as users will now have the ability to select their download and storage locations.
The Netflix Android app update should come and advantage its users. It could come to offer a better storage variant for large files. And most of the Netflix content does require quite a lot of storage space.
However, the added SD card support will also come with some restrictions. It will only be available starting with the app’s version 4.13. Starting with this update, users will be able to select their desired video storage location.
In order to do so, app users will have to access the “Download Location” option. This can be found in the settings menu. From there, they will be able to switch in between storages. One is the SD card. And the other is the currently used hard drive storage.
Changing the location in the settings will affect all future downloads. This could make it easier to manage them.
The added SD card support should, hypothetically, also make videos more accessible across devices. Users could simply download the television shows and movies on the card.
Still, Netflix has set some limitations to its SD card support. A downloaded video will have an access deadline. Most commonly, the content will remain accessible within a week of its download.
The viewer will have to finish watching the content within a set time. But the time limits will vary in accordance with content. For example, some shows and movies will have a 48 hours limit. This will begin after the viewer hits play.
Also, the SD card support only offers card-specific access. Users will not be able, reportedly, to use the card across devices. The content downloaded on the SD card will be accessible only on that device.
And the viewers will also be unable to transfer the content. Netflix included DRM in its settings. This will stop the user from moving the content to say, a computer. The files will be downloaded in the “.nfv” format. This latter will make them incompatible with other media players. Or other devices.
As mentioned, the SD card support will not be available on all devices. Netflix points out this fact in the Google Play Store app details. However, a reason behind the unavailability has not been offered.
One reason could be the device’s software. The support could be unsupported by older Android versions. Or the problem could be related to the phone itself. For example, it could lack the SD card slot.
For the moment, Netflix has not released a list of compatible devices. As such, it is as yet uncertain which devices will be advantaged by the feature.
Even with the restrictions, the added SD card support should still benefit the viewer. Netflix offers quite a vast, varied media catalog. But it cannot always be watched online. And downloading content on the internal storage can take up quite some space. Especially on devices with limited storage.
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