Netflix launches Smart Downloads

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The streaming-video giant is launching today (July 10) a tool that automatically deletes downloaded episodes of TV shows from your smartphone after you watch and replaces them with the next available episodes, Netflix announced. Netflix is "not yet sophisticated enough" to determine what movie you'll want to watch after finishing one you've downloaded, Cameron Johnson, Netflix's director of product innovation, said in a Q&A with reporters.

The feature is ideal for those who love binge watching TV shows, don't want to burn through their data allowance, and certainly do not like the process of going through the download process manually.

Smart Downloads is initially available on Android phones and tablets.

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The basic Netflix plan starts at $7.99 which allows you to stream content in standard definition on one display.

Sadly there's still no one-stop option to download an entire season of a show, so if you're stocking up on episodes for a long flight, or a trip out somewhere with poor mobile coverage, you'll still need to do it manually.

Users can disable the new feature if they want to keep the episodes they have watched on their device. So, in order to combat this situation, Netflix is rolling out a new feature today called 'Smart Downloads'.

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With Smart Download every time you finish an episode Netflix will auto download the next episode and delete the one you just finished to free up space. There are more details on how to use the Smart Downloads feature and you can read all about it here.

Netflix says the feature is mostly aimed at public transit commuters who may have limited or poor network coverage during their journey.

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