Netflix Just Made Downloading Smarter, Will Be Deleting All User Reviews This Summer

Netflix Smart Downloads Deleting User Reviews

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Downloading your favorite TV shows on Netflix just got a whole lot smarter with a new feature they just announced called Smart Downloads.

Now, when you finish watching a downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete it, and then automatically download the next episode. So you will have one less app to have to sift through and delete old files you no longer need.

Smart Downloads is not required, however, so if you like keeping all of those shows on your phone, tablet or computer, it is still an available option. If you would rather keep watched episodes on your device, you will just need to turn off Smart Downloads so you can manually manage your downloaded content. The Smart Downloads feature also only turns on when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so your data plan will never be used.

This new Netflix feature is initially available on Android phones and tablets running the latest version of the Netflix app.

To learn how manage your Smart Downloads, just click here.

In other Netflix news, the streaming service also announced that they will be removing all the online user reviews of movies and TV shows from their website by the end of the summer. By mid-August, people will no longer be able to read user reviews on Netflix at all.

That’s right. As of July 30, you will no longer be able to waste a few minutes at work writing up your very insightful reviews of Netflix titles that literally no one reads anyway.

“We have notified members who have used the feature recently,” Netflix spokesperson Smita Saran said in an email.

Here’s the notice some people received…

You contributed a review on Netflix within the last year. We wanted to let you know that this feature will be retired on July 30th due to declining usage. We appreciate you taking time to write a review. All of your reviews will be available at netflix.com/reviews through July 30th.

The reviews, which only appeared on Netflix’s website and not on the app, have seen declining usage over time, according to Saran.

Netflix will be keeping it’s current thumbs up/thumbs down rating system and this change will not affect users’ recommendations.

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[CNet]

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