First look: Amazon Prime Video's offline viewing

We asked for it - and now it's here

Amazon Prime has been getting better and better for TV and film lovers as it takes on the ever-growing list of streaming rivals, but the service just stuck the knife into Netflix in a big way with a massive new feature - offline viewing.

That means you can store video locally on your device and watch (in a time-limited window) even when you don't have a connection - and given that Prime Video has only worked with a Wi-Fi connection previously, that's a big deal indeed.

Plus, offline viewing (often called offline caching) is something that the service's biggest rival, Netflix, doesn't offer. We've spent some time with offline viewing and pulled together a straightforward "how to" as well as some of our initial thoughts.

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We went for the iOS version - although it is available for Android as well. The update is relatively small, and once it's installed you'll get a different option screen when looking at an Amazon Prime Show.

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When your programme is cached and available online it becomes a tick

Tick for download

And when you select play you'll get a warning about the time you get to watch the programme:

30 days

For this one, the windows was 30 days...

The film library is also available for offline viewing - most of the library seems to be available right now.

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It's all as intuitive as you'd expect, and the service itself is clearly a massive boon for the entire service.

For those travelling, this functionality is a game-changer, converting an Amazon subscription from a relatively static offering - best taken advantage of at home - to a genuinely useful service.

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