Netflix's 'smart downloads' cue up your next offline episode automatically

Netflix's 'smart downloads' cue up your next offline episode automatically

Netflix's 'smart downloads' cue up your next offline episode automatically

If you'd rather keep shows stored in your phone to watch again and again, though, you can switch off smart downloads in settings anytime.

Netflix's "smart downloads" feature will be added to its Android app through an update this week.

The ability to download movies and TV shows straight from Netflix mobile app is a very handy feature.

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The new "Smart Downloads" setup, announced today in a blog post, will automatically delete episodes that are viewed and then download the next episode once you are connected to WiFi. "Furthermore, if you don't have space and data constraints, you can always turn Smart Downloads off and download on Netflix the regular way", said Mr Johnson.

Essentially, Netflix subscribers will now have increased control over their entertainment experience and the Smart Downloads feature is entirely optional to use. We spoke to Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix to get an idea of why this is the case.

Netflix resisted downloads for years, banking on the idea that streaming accessibility would eventually reach the point that downloading to watch offline wouldn't be necessary anymore.

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Additionally, the feature is only available on Android devices for now, though it is safe to assume it will be landing on iOS in the foreseeable future. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. But the service can determine with "high confidence" that you'll probably want to continue watching a show you've downloaded.

Netflix says the feature is mostly aimed at public transit commuters who may have limited or poor network coverage during their journey. Users can have multiple episodes of a TV series downloaded at once, but they typically don't download entire seasons.

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