Starting today, the app will be able to automatically delete downloaded videos once you've watched them. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process. The feature has allowed it to better serve its users in Latin America and Asia where the younger audience simply prefers to download content on their device so that they can view it later on.
Smart Downloads is a helpful tool for people who are watching a TV series on Netflix in offline mode. After all, you might not want to disconnect from that Wi-Fi network before your next episode is done. The feature is only being introduced on Android phones and tablets at this time, but Netflix indicates it'll be available on iOS in the future, as well. "Whether it is smart downloading or viewing a mobile preview, we realize the best part of Netflix is connecting with the stories you will love in an easier and more fun way".
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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. "And you have to manually go back and delete episodes".
If you do use it it's activated when you connect to wifi and are finished with an episode.
It's limited to episodic TV series, not movies, standup specials or other kinds of programming. It also could then automatically download the first episode of the next season when it airs, which could either be convenient or annoying, depending on how you look at it.