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Netflix Makes It Easier to Watch Shows on the Go

Netflix Makes It Easier to Watch Shows on the Go

With Smart Downloads, the Netflix app will detect when a user has watched an episode, then remove it from the device and automatically add the next episode.

It's worth noting here that smart downloads will only work on a Wi-Fi connection, and if you don't want Netflix tampering with your downloads, you'll need to toggle the feature off in the My Downloads section - yes, it's turned on by default.

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. The streaming platform today launched Smart Downloads on Android, a new feature that will always have an episode from your favourite shows ready to watch while you are on the move. 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.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Theodore Sarandos said at a conference a year ago that by adding a download feature, "We actually wind up serving parts of Latin America and big chunks of Asia much better than we used to" and addressed a demand from "young people who really like doing that, dropping the things on their phone, and also people who do short-haul commuting who basically don't have a dependable signal on the train and all those different things".




Really good news for people that watch Netflix while travelling.

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

If you do use it it's activated when you connect to wifi and are finished with an episode.

For now, the feature is limited to TV shows.


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