18 December 2019
Netflix is apparently testing a new feature called the “Downloads For You” that automatically downloads shows and movies that you haven’t watched yet but might be interested in watching them. As per Android Police, once enabling the feature in the Settings, the Netflix app will download content that it thinks you will enjoy watching.
As spotted and visible in the shared screenshots, the Downloads For You feature fetches a personalized selection of movies and shows for you. The idea is to make the content always available on your device so you don’t go through any scarcity. The feature lets you choose how many GBs of data you want to splurge on the automatic downloads.
The Downloads For You feature goes a step ahead of a somewhat similar feature called the Smart Downloads that automatically downloads the next episode of whatever TV series you are watching for uninterrupted playback. The newest or the supplemented feature, however, downloads shows and movies according to recommendations. The new content appears in the Downloads tab in a new category just below your other smart downloads content.
Note that this feature works only over a WiFi connection, so you don’t have to worry about the accidental hogging of mobile data for the shows that you may not even watch.
Android Police has also spotted that the Downloads tab has also received a UI refresh with the new feature and it now shows much larger cards for the shows that have already been downloaded. There is now also a brief description included, along with the genre and other category information.
The latest Netflix beta also brings the Playback specifications diagnostics screen in the diagnostics section. The feature checks for device-specific playback settings. Using this feature, you can tell if your device is HDR compatible, you can also check the supported codecs and maximum playback resolution. Also, the in-app brightness controls are rolling out more widely. The controls show up as a slider and you can change brightness levels without even pulling down the notifications shade.
It is unknown which beta version brings all these features. But you can become the part of the beta testing program on the Play Store and get to test such interesting features before they roll out for everyone.
Netflix beta testing | Android | Play Store, Free