Netflix launched on Monday a new feature that aims to bring more offline content to users who opt-in automatic downloads. With “Downloads for You” enabled, the Netflix app will download recommended TV shows and movies to users’ mobile devices based on their tastes, as determined by their viewer history.
After turning on the feature for the first time, users will be able to select the amount of storage space they want to dedicate to saving these recommended downloads on their device: 1GB, 3GB or 5GB. The downloads will take place when users are connected to a Wi-Fi network, and will contain a mix of recommendations that Netflix believes they will like.
Users will also be able to cast the downloaded content to a nearby TV, where it will stream directly from their phone. After they’ve watched the episodes or movies, they can delete them from the device to free up more storage space for the next time they’re connected to Wi-Fi.
The feature is available on Android globally and will be tested soon on iOS. “We’re always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience, and we’re excited to make it even easier for members to discover and enjoy new series and films”, Netflix said.