Netflix launches Smart Downloads

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2018

When the Netflix app detects that an episode of a TV show has been watched, it will download a new episode and delete the old episode only when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi connection. Users of Netflix's Apple iOS apps will have to wait a few more months to get Smart Downloads.

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.

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.

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

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"You watch, we do the work", summed up the post, which is attributed to Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation. Johnson emphasized that the Smart Downloads automatic refresh feature is optional.

If you do use it it's activated when you connect to wifi and are finished with an episode. The feature will be available for Android devices starting today. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. The show, starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, has all of its eight episodes now available to watch on the Netflix platform all over the world. Control of the new feature still lies with the user, as-should you choose to do so-you can turn it off and enjoy downloads the old-fashioned and inherently more annoying way too.

For now, the feature is limited to TV shows.

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