Netflix has managed to annoy a good number of its users with an announcement about an upcoming update to its Windows 11 (and Windows 10) app: support for adverts and live events will be added, but the ability to download content is being taken away.

Netflix must realize that it’s a huge frustration for people who relied on offline downloads to watch content without internet access: on planes, trains, and campsites, and anywhere else where Wi-Fi is unavailable or unreliable.

There’s a small chance that Netflix will change its mind if it gets enough complaints, but the streaming service seems determined to add as many money-making features as possible, while taking away genuinely useful ones.

    2 months ago

    Install an android emulator. Problem solved.

    Start pirating again. Problem solved.

    Make your own movies and shows. Problem solved.

    Start a company, get rich, buy Netflix, problem solved.

    Stop watching stuff, do something else. Problem solved.

    Found a secret society, infiltrate politics worldwide, stir chaos and destruction, let the world burn and built a new Netflix from the world’s ashes where you still can download stuff. Problem solved.

    See? It’s not that hard!

    (In case it wasn’t clear, I am joking.)