Netflix is making it easier to watch shows on mobile

Netflix is making it easier to watch shows on mobile

Netflix is rolling out a new "smart downloads" feature created to make offline viewing just a little bit easier.

Netflix is figuring out how to make TV work on your smartphone, where downloading a TV show can mean less room for selfies or devour your data plan. "Whether it is smart downloading or viewing a mobile preview, we realise the best part of Netflix is connecting with the stories you will love in an easier and more fun way", he said.

Buzzfeed reports that if you're watching a series, the feature automatically deletes watched episodes, then downloads the next one in line.

The basic Netflix plan starts at $7.99 which allows you to stream content in standard definition on one display. We spoke to Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix to get an idea of why this is the case.


However, it's first available only on Android devices. Johnson emphasized that the Smart Downloads automatic refresh feature is optional.

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. 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. There are more details on how to use the Smart Downloads feature and you can read all about it here. Users can have multiple episodes of a TV series downloaded at once, but they typically don't download entire seasons.

Smart Downloads can be turned off straight from the app's settings if you like. "We're taking the point of view to not be presumptuous and let people choose for themselves".

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