Download shows with the Netflix app for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 3, 2017
Updated • Apr 3, 2017
Music and Video

If you use the Netflix application on Windows 10, you may have received an update already that allows you to download shows to watch them offline.

If you needed another reason to use the Netflix app on Windows 10, and not a web browser, this is probably it.

Netflix enabled the option to download movies or TV shows some time ago on its mobile applications.

The new option is the first that is available for desktop operating systems. This is excellent news for anyone who prefers to watch Netflix on a larger screen.

Download shows with the Netflix app for Windows

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The first thing that you need to do is make sure you have got the latest version of the Netflix application installed on your Windows 10 machine.

  1. Open the Windows Store application. You can do so with a click on the Store icon on the taskbar, if it is pinned there, or by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Windows Store, and selecting the result this way.
  2. Click on the profile icon next to search on the next screen, and there on "download and updates" when the menu opens.
  3. Select "check for updates" on the screen that opens. If Netflix is not listed, it is up to date. If it is listed, download the update to your PC before you start the app.

The application highlights the new feature prominently on start after sign in to a Netflix account. All that is left to do at this point is to open shows, and look for the new download icon.

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Simply click on the download icon to start downloading a show to your computer. Netflix displays a download progress bar at the bottom of the screen.

The size of the downloaded video file depends largely on the quality it is offered in. The download of the first episode of Narcos had a size of about 1 Gigabyte, the first episode of the anime The Seven Deadly Since a size of about 413 Megabytes for instance.

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Downloads are listed on the new "My Downloads" page of the Netflix app. You can access it with a click on the menu icon, and the selection of my downloads when it opens.

All shows and movies downloaded are listed there, and may be launched from the location directly. Playback does not require an Internet connection at this point.

Good news is that all audio and subtitle options are downloaded, so that you may make use of them. Excellent if you prefer to watch a show or movie in its original language for instance.

A good selection of shows and movies is available for download on Netflix. Some are not however, and that is probably a rights issue. There is nothing that you can do about it.

It is unclear at this point in time for how long the shows remain available offline. Netflix notes that the time depends on individual licenses, and that titles may expire 48 hours after you first clicked on play to play the offline movie or TV episode.

You may renew that license however by connecting to the Internet to do so. Some titles may not be renewed indefinitely however.

Closing Words

The ability to download shows and movies is an excellent argument for running the Netflix app on Windows 10 devices. While some users may not require the option to download content from Netflix for offline access, it is excellent news for users who require it.

Now You: Would you download shows or movies from Netflix?

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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