Netflix to debut a 'smart download' feature for easier binge-watching

Netflix to debut a 'smart download' feature for easier binge-watching

Today Netflix announced a new download feature called Smart Download. When enabled, the Netflix app will automatically download the next episode in your preferred show while connected to WiFi, replacing the most recent watched episode with it.

"Downloading is a very manual process today", Netflix director of product innovation Cameron Johnson told BuzzFeed News.

Smart downloads can be turned off if desired by tapping the "Downloads" icon, clicking 'Smart Downloads, ' then toggling it off.

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Or you can also do so via App Settings. So a user with the first three episodes of a show downloaded will have the first deleted and the fourth installed after watching the initial content. All this happens automatically and over Wi-Fi to keep data usage in check. This also allows for downloading movies or TV shows on just one phone or tablet. Again, Smart Downloads will immediately delete downloaded episodes once users are already finished watching all of them. For example, let's say you've downloaded the first three episodes of the first season of One Day at a Time.

Sadly there's still no one-stop option to download an entire season of a show, so if you're stocking up on episodes for a long flight, or a trip out somewhere with poor mobile coverage, you'll still need to do it manually.

Interestingly, Netflix Smart Downloads has been in trial for a limited number of users for some months now.

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