Netflix Just Made On-the-Go Binge-Watching Easier Than Ever

Never stop binging

"We do the work", says Netflix, "so you don't have to".

Netflix has improved its episode downloading functionality with the launch of its new Smart Downloads feature. The feature only kicks in if you're connected to the internet via WiFi, so you don't have to tinker with the app to make sure that it won't download anything while you're on mobile data.

Netflix is rolling out a new feature called "Smart Downloads". Smart downloads does that automatically.

Smart Downloads are available on Android devices and tablets as of today, July 10th, with Apple devices to follow some time later, so enjoy this interval where all your Android friends who love Netflix lord it over you. This tells the Netflix application that you're now watching the season and they want to reduce the friction you may encounter from continuing the binge session.

If for some reason you don't want Netflix to do the deletion and downloading for you, Smart Downloads can be turned off. But as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity wasn't as reliable as in the US, Netflix relented.

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A download status bar will appear on the screen when a new episode is downloading, and users will be notified when the download is complete.

Binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix is about to become a little bit more convenient.

Smart Downloads will only work for TV shows and not for movies, standup specials and other types of content.

You download Season 1, Episodes 1-3.

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