EXCLUSIVE: Now TV offline viewing is coming to Sky Cinema, Entertainment and Hayu before Christmas

Long-awaited offline viewing feature is on track to launch ahead of schedule, Now TV confirmed to T3

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Now TV viewers will be able to download films and shows available via the Sky Cinema, Hayu and Entertainment passes to watch offline on a mobile device before Christmas, the company has confirmed to T3.

The feature was first announced alongside the Now TV Streaming Stick on January 25, 2018 with a vague pledge that it would become available "by the end of the year". After more than nine months of silence about the launch of the feature, Now TV has confirmed that offline viewing will roll-out to customers before December 25.

In a statement given to T3, Sky confirmed the ability to watch content from the Sky Cinema, Hayu and Entertainment passes would launch in time for Christmas. Until now, the Sky-owned streaming service had only confirmed the ability to watch offline would be coming to its Sky Cinema and Entertainment passes.

A spokesperson for Sky told T3: “We will be launching downloads across our Entertainment, Cinema and Hayu Passes for mobile and tablet devices before Christmas.”

For those with a long journey home back to the family home for Christmas, the timing of the latest Now TV feature couldn't be better (unfortunately, Chris Rea and anyone else behind the wheel won't be able to take advantage).

To add to this good news, you can currently save up to 50% on Now TV Cinema and Entertainment passes if you are a new customer. Just hit the links below to sign up.

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To download films, reality TV shows and box sets to watch offline, you'll need to make sure you have the Now TV app installed on your iOS and Android device.

Navigate to the show or film you'd like to watch offline. If there's a download icon in the top right-hand corner of the info screen, tap it to save the video to your device.

After you've downloaded a show or a movie, you'll have 30 days to start watching.

Once you've started watching, you can watch as many times as you like for 48 hours before the end of the 30 days and your download is deleted.

Any downloads saved to your smartphone or tablet will be removed as soon as you sign out of your Now TV account on that device.

There are also some minor restrictions on Now TV downloads. For example, you're only able to download the same episode of a show twice. After that, you'll be unable to watch the episode offline.

Now TV subscribers are also only able to watch the downloaded shows on the device where they were originally downloaded – there is no ability to transfer downloads onto any other devices.

Sky doesn't have the rights to offer downloads for every show on its Now TV service, so the download icon will be greyed out on some content.