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

Netflix's Netflix's"smart downloads feature will be added to its Android app through an update this week. Netflix
Charles Bowen | 10 July, 2018, 17:57

Johnson said Netflix has a high degree of confidence that if you download and watch one episode of a TV show, you'll probably want another.

Netflix is rolling out a new "smart downloads" feature created to make offline viewing just a little bit easier. Basically, when you finish watching a downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete it, and then automatically download the next episode.

"You watch, we do the work", summed up the post, which is attributed to Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation.

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After making it possible for subscribers to download content in 2016, Netflix is making its download feature "smarter" and more binge-friendly.

Netflix's Smart Downloads will initially only be available on Android smartphones and tablets.

It's worth noting here that smart downloads will only work on a Wi-Fi connection, and if you don't want Netflix tampering with your downloads, you'll need to toggle the feature off in the My Downloads section - yes, it's turned on by default. "Whether it is smart downloading or viewing a mobile preview, we realise the best part of Netflix is connecting with the stories you will love in an easier and more fun way", he said. Smart downloads does that automatically. When they're through, they'll delete the episodes to make space on their devices and download a few more. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. He went on to explain that you can still download movies and TV shows over mobile data, but this would need to be done manually by the user. It's important to remember that the feature isn't adding a massive function; it's simply automating a process that is now manual, and will only suit a section of the user base. However, this has been a limited trial for a small percentage of users across the globe, with the feature rolling out universally for all Netflix users on the Android platform from today.

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