The plan costs $6.99 per month and is available in 12 countries.
After months of leaks and rumors, Netflix’s new ad-supported subscription plan has finally been launched. The new Basic with Ads plan is available in 12 countries, and costs $6.99 per month in the US.
For $6.99 per month, the Basic with Ads plan gives users access to Netflix’s extensive library of TV shows and movies with 15- or 30-second ads running before and during viewing sessions. Netflix says users can expect 4 to 5 minutes of ads for every hour of content they watch, which shouldn’t be too annoying for most viewers. However, the plan has some drawbacks.
As Netflix highlighted in a newsroom post last month, users on the Basics with Ads plan will not be able to access some of the movies and TV shows available on other tiers. “Due to licensing restrictions.” But the company says it’s working on licensing issues to bring these movies and TV shows to users on the ad-supported plan, so there’s little chance of access to them in the future. In addition, Netflix will limit video quality to 720p and will not allow users to download content for offline viewing.
If you agree to these restrictions, you can sign up for the new plan on the Netflix website or mobile app. The plan is available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Spain. Currently, Netflix has not shared any details about expanding the ad-supported tier to other regions. But the streaming giant will most likely extend it to other countries in the coming months.
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