Now TV is an ideal service for accessing live- and on-demand Sky TV programmes and movies with a low monthly subscription, but the need to be connected to the internet to stream content can be frustrating when you're travelling or out of range of Wi-Fi. Fortunately, offline viewing is coming to Now TV.

Right now you can download Now TV using only the Kids Pass, which costs £3.99 per month (with a free trial available), but the company will be rolling out the functionality to its Entertainment, Cinema and Hayu packages over the next few months.

To watch Now TV offline you will need to have downloaded the latest version of the iOS or Android app, and have an active subscription to the Kids Pass.

(Find out how you can get paid to watch Now TV and how to watch Now TV abroad)

How to download Now TV

Launch the Now TV app on iPhone or Android and ensure you are signed in. From the menu bar on the left select Kids and choose Let's Go. Browse the content available and find something you'd like to watch offline.

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Select that programme to view available episodes. Then tap the Download icon at the top right of the screen.

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If available, a download icon will appear in place of the play icon for each episode.

If you see 'download not available' then there are rights restrictions for that particular content.

"While we’re working hard behind the scenes to make more and more of our shows available for download in the future, we don't have rights to offer downloads for all our kids' shows right now," says Sky.

You could also have trouble downloading a programme if your device's storage is full.

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Tap on any episode to download it to your device. Once downloaded the icon will show a red tick.

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You can later find downloaded content by clicking the My downloads icon at the top right of the Kids home screen.

Downloaded programmes are available for up to 30 days, but some stick around for less time. The episode of Peppa Pig we downloaded is available for 32 hours, for example.

Once you begin watching a download will expire after 48 hours, but you can watch it as many times as you like in that period.

Note that you can only download each episode twice.

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You must also remained signed into the app or your downloads will disappear, and you can't transfer downloads to another device.

Also find out how to watch Now TV on Windows and get free Now TV.