HBO’s Android app slowly rolls out the ability to download shows or movies for offline viewing
Seemingly every company has their own streaming service, after an online streaming craze kickstarted by Netflix years ago. Disney+ is the most recent, high-profile offering and it features nearly all of Disney’s back catalog – admittedly a whole lot of media. Other companies such as Amazon have Prime Video, whilst HBO has HBO GO and HBO NOW, home to much of the network’s most coveted offerings on-demand. While competitors from the likes of Disney, Netflix, Amazon, and even Hulu allow you to download shows and movies for offline viewing, until now, HBO’s streaming services did not. That’s now changing, as the app finally allows you to save content for later offline viewing.
The feature is seemingly enabled in the latest version of the HBO application for the service you are subscribed to, but it may not be rolled out to everyone just yet. There are a few restrictions on the service though, one being that it has a limitation of 25 titles at a time. Not all titles can be downloaded either, and those that are downloaded will be removed from your device 2 days after viewing, even if you didn’t finish it. Only shows and movies that are marked with an arrow icon will be available for download.
Each show and movie downloaded will be shown in a “Downloaded” section from within the HBO app, which shows the number of episodes saved, the size it takes up, and gives you the ability to remove it from your device. Here you can also view how many more titles you’re allowed to download, along with enabling a setting to only download titles over WiFi.
In case you’re wondering what the difference is, HBO GO comes as a part of a cable TV subscription, whilst HBO NOW is aimed more internationally and can be subscribed to like you would subscribe to any other streaming service. The downloads feature has potentially been in the works a while, though the feature is only starting to pop up for people in the past few weeks. HBO’s initial limitation on downloading, as per their FAQ, was that you would only be able to have 15 titles downloaded at a time, though obviously they’ve increased that.
If you have the feature, let us know in the comments if it works, and what you can download!