The ad-supported tier of Netflix will make it hard to watch on the go as users can no longer download shows on the platform.
The Ad-Supported Tier of Netflix Will Make It Hard To Watch On the Go
Netflix’s ad-supported plan just got worse as many reports coming in now suggest that subscribers at his very level will be prohibited from downloading movies for offline viewing. This is following the news that Netflix had failed to meet up with its lofty subscriber targets earlier this year. The streaming platform then announced that it would be launching a cheaper plan and version of its current subscriptions that will show ads to users.
Since the announcement was made, new details regarding the upcoming tier have been suggesting that it will be an inferior option in many ways than just one. A code recently discovered by developer Steve Moser within the Netflix streaming app shows a couple of messages that users will meet when the ads tier of Netflix comes to light, with one of the lines reading “Downloads available on all plans except Netflix with ads.”
Netflix Will Not Allow Downloads With Its Ads Supported Plan
And while we cannot be really certain as to whether Netflix will not allow downloads with its ads-supported plan until it makes an official announcement, we however expect that this will be another medium in which the cheaper option will be worse than the ad-free plans.
Losing your downloads on the platform is somewhat disappointing as it is one of the most useful streaming platform features. And whether it is that you are just downloading an episode to watch during your journey to work or a complete series to enjoy during your holidays, being able to watch it offline means that your entertainment will not stop just because you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection or the signal of your phone drops.
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This is yet another problem with the ad-supported plan of Netflix after it was first revealed back in July by Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO that it will not include all of the movies and TV shows that are presently available on the standard version of Netflix.
Sarandos at the time said, “there are some things that [wouldn’t be included] – that we are in conversation with the studios on – but if we launched the product today, the members in the ad tier would [still] have a great experience.”
He added, “We will clear some additional content, but certainly not all of it.” Because of the addendum of Sarandos, it is unclear if the content will always be restricted or whether it will be a short-term break. But whichever one it is, it’s quite a shame that the ad-supported plan will not be offering all of the same shows that the as-free plans offer.
Regarding the ad-supported tier of Netflix, we will know more and also how it will look like when it drops in 2023 and additionally just about how much it will cost. But until that time we will have to keep our fingers crossed. If the leaks however continue with the way they have been lately, then the ad-supported tier of Netflix will be a much worse scenario than we had originally hoped.