Friday is officially here, and something else is almost here: Netflix with ads.
After months of talking about it, Netflix has finally released more details about its newest subscription tier, “Basic with Ads.” The service will launch in November — but keep in mind that it won’t come with all the bells and whistles Netflix’s other plans offer.
I’m your host, Jordan Parker Erb. I’ve got the deets you’ll want to know about Netflix’s new plan, so let’s get into it.
1. Your next Netflix binge could come with ads. At $6.99 per month, the subscription is $3 less than Netflix’s basic ad-free plan — but it will also come with more restrictions. Here’s what we know about the plan, “Basic with Ads,” available starting next month:
- If you subscribe to the ad plan, Netflix says you can expect four to five minutes of ads per hour. They’ll play before and during shows and movies.
- Some content will be missing from the ad-supported plan due to licensing agreements with other companies. You also won’t be able to download shows or movies, and streaming quality will cap at 720p.
- Basic with Ads will become available in Canada on November 1, and in the US and UK on November 3.
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