Late last year, Netflix enabled downloads for offline playback, which was great news for subscribers who travel constantly or who are very mobile. At that time, the function came with some minor drawbacks, like expiration dates for downloads and limited support for microSD storage on Android devices. Now, another limitation with offline playback is causing grumbles making Netflix offline viewing another raw deal in the making. Now, some content can only be downloaded a finite number of times a year.
What is incredibly annoying, though, is that there are multiple scenarios where these limits could kick in before you ever watch something offline. Some offline content expires in as little as 48 hours, for example, leaving a short viewing window that can be interrupted by anything you could be doing in your day to day life. So, what about offline content deleted to free up storage that then can’t be re-downloaded?