The BBC updated its Android app today so that anyone can download their favorite TV programmes and watch them at a later date, regardless of whether or not they have a stable Internet connection.

The feature will be supported on a range of different handsets and tablets running both the Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) version of Android. Viewers can keep their downloads for up to a month, although once they press play for the first time that restriction is then reduced to seven days.

Videos will download in what BBC calls ‘High Quality’ by default, although it’s possible to manually switch between standard definition and high definition content in the app’s settings.

The BBC estimates that 70 percent of its existing Android users will be able to take advantage of the feature at launch. The Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 versions), Nexus 10, Nexus 4, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S2/3/4 are but a few of the devices supported.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are two notable absentees though – the BBC says they’re working with Amazon to get them onboard.

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