Not really recently but pretty recently for me anyway, I started to use the download feature for Netflix and Xfinity so I can be entertained while I’m flying around the US for work. I knew that these services were available but never took advantage of them until very recently. Netflix has a ton of shows that I only watch there and the ability to download 12 episodes is totally awesome. Granted I don’t need to download that many at a single pop but its nice to have them offline so I don’t have to worry about finding a wifi hotspot or something and then the streaming quality is bad. What also helps a lot is that I normally have a 128GB iPhone with at least 30 gigs of storage left to download all this goodness.
Xfinity is somewhat the same but I download the DVR versions of shows that I want to watch. There are shows that my wife and I watch together so I don’t download those, I wait till I get home. The problem I have with downloading the DVR shows is all of the commercials that come with it! I have to spend time fast forwarding through commercials that just repeat and repeat when there are breaks and it just kind of ruins the viewing experience for me. Even using apps like the ABC app have commercials in them and that just turns me off to downloading them. However there are new seasons of my favorite shows like Mr. Robot and South Park and those must be watched!
I haven’t checked out Amazon Prime yet but I’m pretty sure they have this feature as well. The thing with Amazon is that there aren’t a lot of shows that I like there that would warrant me downloading and watching on a plane. It also doesn’t hurt that American Airlines has a ton of movies on their in flight entertainment system that just are out that I need to see and the screens aren’t half bad really. The challenge is staying up long enough to watch them and not running out of time before the plane gets to the gate. Thats happened a few times where I have 20 minutes left and then I have to wait until my return flight to finish the movie!
I just went ahead and downloaded all of Season 4 of Voltron to my iPad, now I have something to watch on the plane tomorrow to Cali. Ahh that makes things so much easier!