Netflix just added a 'Smart Downloads' feature for mobile users (NFLX)

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"Whenever possible, we want Netflix to do the work for you", said Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation at Netflix.

So, for example, if the user has watched Episode 1 of their selected show, the smart downloading feature will download Episode 2 from the same show and automatically delete the first episode.

Netflix resisted downloads for years, banking on the idea that streaming accessibility would eventually reach the point that downloading to watch offline wouldn't be necessary anymore. So, in order to combat this situation, Netflix is rolling out a new feature today called 'Smart Downloads'.

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Downloading Netflix shows for offline viewing is going to get a little easier. The feature is only being introduced on Android phones and tablets at this time, but Netflix indicates it'll be available on iOS in the future, as well. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. 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. It also only works with TV series - so it doesn't apply to movies, TV specials, or any other content.

Netflix subscribers with plenty of available mobile data and a high-end smartphone would therefore be more likely to manually download shows and movies, and often download a number of episodes, or even an entire season, in a single go. It also could then automatically download the first episode of the next season when it airs, which could either be convenient or annoying, depending on how you look at it.

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