How does Netflix determine which TV shows and movies are available for download?

Netflix partners with content providers to license TV shows and movies that you can download on our iOS and Android apps. We also produce our own original content that we make available for download.

Why are some titles not available for download?

Netflix works with content providers, distributors, producers, and creators to acquire licensing for movies and TV shows, and each license agreement is different. Whenever we can, we will let you download a title to your iOS or Android device, but some licenses may limit a title to streaming only.

When we do not have content available to download, it can be for a few different reasons, including:

  • The content rights are currently exclusive to another company.

  • The rights are not available to purchase from the content provider.

  • Popularity, cost, seasonal or other localized factors, or availability.

Why are some Netflix original TV shows or movies not available to download?

With many Netflix originals, we own all the rights to the title and can offer it for download. However, some TV shows and movies are produced in partnership with a studio that owns the franchise or intellectual property associated with the content. While we may have the necessary rights to offer a title for streaming, we may not be able to offer it for download.

When will my favorite TV show or movie be available to download?

Because licensing content requires negotiation with content providers, distributors, producers, and creators, there is no set schedule for when a particular TV show or movie will become available for download.

If you have a TV show or movie you would like to download, you can always suggest it.

Refer to How does Netflix license TV shows and movies? for more information about licensing and what makes a Netflix original.