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Netflix adds smart download management for offline content

Netflix adds smart download management for offline content

"We do the work", says Netflix, "so you don't have to". Whether they are commuting, traveling or just in a place with pricey or spotty internet access, the download feature makes it possible for our members to take their stories with them wherever they go... All this happens automatically and over Wi-Fi to keep data usage in check. So, in order to combat this situation, Netflix is rolling out a new feature today called 'Smart Downloads'.

The idea behind the Smart Download feature is to make sure you have the next episode of a show you're watching available to you even when you're offline.

Netflix's "smart downloads" feature will be added to its Android app through an update this week.

The move is the latest evolution of Netflix's mobile experience, which has grown in importance since its first app launch in 2010. This whole process is done one episode at a time with Netflix's Chief Content Officer saying it is aimed at those who enjoy watching a TV show while commuting to or from work. Johnson emphasized that the Smart Downloads automatic refresh feature is optional.

Look for Smart Downloads to land on iOS devices later this year.

If for some reason you don't want Netflix to do the deletion and downloading for you, Smart Downloads can be turned off. So if you binged three episodes during a long plane ride, the app will delete all three and queue up the next three episodes for you. Before you Smart Download any of those, however, this otherwise knowledgeless writer recommends you dive into as many consecutive episodes as you possibly can of Bill Nye Saves the World.

It's limited to episodic TV series, not movies, standup specials or other kinds of programming.

If you've gotten used to Netflix's download capability since that feature was rolled out in 2016, this is going to be good news.