In an effort to significantly improve your viewing experience, Netflix is currently working on a new feature called “Downloads For You”. This new feature very similar to the “Smart Downloads” feature, which enables the Netflix app to automatically download the next episode of TV series that you’re currently watching to offer uninterrupted playback.
“Downloads For You” feature, on the other hand, automatically downloads shows and movies that you haven’t watched yet. Based on shows that you’ve watched it earlier, Netflix will display content that it thinks you’ll enjoy but haven’t watched yet. All the downloaded shows/movies will appear in the Downloads tab in a new category just below your other smart downloads content. The feature works over a WiFi connection, so there is no need to worry about running out of mobile data.
If you’re worried that you’ll run out of storage, you’ll be able to set a storage limit to prevent the app from using up all your internal space.
The company is also working towards introducing some UI refinements to the app. For instance, shows that have already been downloaded will now feature much larger cards. It will also show you the genre and the other category information of the downloaded content.
A Playback Specification pane in the diagnostics section is another welcome change. It will tell you whether or not your device is HDR compatible, check the supported codecs, and the maximum playback resolution. You’ll be able to find this option in the More tab within the Diagnostics section in the app settings.
There is also an in-app bright next control that appears on the right side of the screen. As you may have guessed already, the feature will let you control the screen brightness while you’re consuming content on Netflix. This eliminates the need for you to pull down the notification shade every time you want to change the screen brightness.
These new features appear to be in the A/B testing phase, meaning that they are currently at the developmental stage and will be rolled out to the general public once they’re ready.