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Does Netflix Offer Downloads to Go?
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Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I love Netflix because it's so convenient to watch at home. But is there any way to download a movie or show and take it with me on the road in case I don't have access to wireless? -- George, Indianapolis, Indiana.

George, that's a good question, one that gets asked quite often. The answer, unfortunately, is no. While you can watch Netflix streaming on the road via a wireless network or a 3G or 4G network on a mobile device, you can not download a movie onto your computer or mobile.

There are a lot of frequent fliers who wish you could. It would be great if you could download a full season of TV shows
for a cross-country flight, let's say.

While Netflix doesn't offer downloads, there are other services that do. You can download movies from iTunes, for example. Amazon Instant Video also offers downloads for sale.

If you're a Comcast customer, the cable service's Streampix service also offers some movies and TV shows for downloads in addition to its streaming lineup. Dexter is one show available now for downloading.

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