Netflix Debuts "Smart Download" Feature As Boost For Binges


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

But Netflix's director of product innovation, Cameron Johnson, says the company isn't intelligent enough to start predicting content you might want to watch.

The streaming-video giant is launching today (July 10) a tool that automatically deletes downloaded episodes of TV shows from your smartphone after you watch and replaces them with the next available episodes, Netflix announced.

The Smart Downloads feature only works over Wi-Fi, with no way to use the feature over mobile data for the time being.

The idea behind the Smart Download feature is to make sure you have the next episode of a show you're watching available to you even when you're offline.

Smart downloads are one-for-one.

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The new feature is starting to roll out for Android devices today and we're told that it will arrive on iOS devices "later this year".

The feature is part of an update to Netflix's Android mobile app this week.

It's now only available for Android phones and tablets. This all takes place in the background, but when connected to WiFi, you'll see a notification on your phone to let you know Smart Downloads is in action. Imagine you download an episode or two of Stranger Things at home and watch it on the subway ride to work. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. This also allows for downloading movies or TV shows on just one phone or tablet. "And you have to manually go back and delete episodes".

Binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix is about to become a little bit more convenient.

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