Netflix 'smart downloads' manage your offline episodes for you
We've all been there.
You pull out your phone to settle in for a plane ride tv binge and you realize all my Netflix downloads are old stuff I've already seen.
Netflix is introducing smart downloads to head off some of those problems by restocking your download titles automatically.
It works like this.
You finished watching a show you downloaded.
The next time your phone connects to WiFi the Netflix app automatically deletes that episoded and downloads the next one.
So it's ready for you to watch the next time you pull of your phone to watch offline.
Smart Downloads are one for one, so if you've binged three episodes during a long plane ride Smart Downloads will delete those three and queue up the next three episodes for you.
And Smart Downloads progress into the next season so if you finish watching a season finally on your commute into work, The next season's premiere will be waiting for you on your ride home.
It has some limits, though.
The feature only works for episodic TV series, not movies, stand up specials, or other kinds of programming.
And it's only available for android devices for now.
iPhone users will have to wait until sometime later this year.