Netflix's Basic with Ads Plan may be its cheapest yet, but the price cut does come with a few cons.
The Basic with Ads plan, which launched today, costs $6.99 a month. Due to licensing agreements and other factors, a fair amount of titles are unavailable to stream for ad-tier subscribers. Users still get access to thousands of movies and shows in 720p, but they may occasionally run into a little red lock icon on a handful of titles.
GameSpot rounded up every title that is locked to ad-tier subscribers, and there were some surprising names on the list. Among them are Arrested Development, which began as a Fox comedy and later a Netflix original, House of Cards, Peaky Blinders, beloved drama Friday Night Lights, and The Sinner, to name a few. Films from the James Bond franchise like Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall are also unavailable, as well as comedies including Pineapple Express, The Interview, 30 Minutes or Less, and more.
Over 250 titles in total are unavailable for ad-tier users to stream, many of which are children and family movies and shows. It's likely that these are currently restricted until family-friendly ads can be guaranteed for specific titles.
Ad-tier subscribers are also unable to download titles to watch later. For those who find these restrictions not worth the savings, Netflix's Basic plan is $9.99 a month, followed by the $15.49 Standard plan, and the $19.99 Premium plan.
Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.
TOPICS: Netflix, Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights