Netflix launches ‘smart downloads’ to queue your next offline episode automatically


Netflix is figuring out how to make TV work on your smartphone, where downloading a TV show can mean less room for selfies or devour your data plan. The feature only kicks in if you're connected to the internet via WiFi, so you don't have to tinker with the app to make sure that it won't download anything while you're on mobile data.

The basic Netflix plan starts at $7.99 which allows you to stream content in standard definition on one display.

The feature is ideal for those who love binge watching TV shows, don't want to burn through their data allowance, and certainly do not like the process of going through the download process manually.

As Deadline reported Tuesday morning while the world woke up to yet another day of abject misery, a fresh Smart Downloads setup will further uncomplicate the process by automatically trashing episodes of series you've already seen.

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Netflix isn't yet ready to automatically predict and download shows or movies that you might want to watch, reports Quartz. The feature will be available for Android devices starting today.

Users can disable the new feature if they want to keep the episodes they have watched on their device. Said Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix.

Smart Downloads will need to be switched on through the Netflix app settings, and can also be switched off in case you prefer to download and manage your TV shows the old fashioned way.

Smart downloads are one-for-one. That feature showcases shows and movies that will be added to Netflix two weeks out, displaying them with trailers and text in a format that resembles a social media news feed.