Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Netflix with ads for $7/month

The launch is two weeks away -- actually just over at 16 days away -- but we have a launch date and a price for the new lower priced Netflix ad-supported tier.

Starting November 3, 2022, you'll be able to subscribe to Netflix for as low as $7/month. The current tier of ad-free plans remains. The current $10/month plan gets a slight boost in that the resolution will increase from 480 to 720, which is actually a good bump. It should be noticeable.

There will be no changes to the $16/month or $20/month plans. Just the resolution increase for the $10/month plan, plus the newer $7/month plan.

So, what do you get for $7/month? Well, it's essentially the $10/month plan (including the higher resolution), but with ads.

Basic with Ads offers all the features people expect from Netflix’s Basic plan, with a few differences:

  • What stays the same: A wide variety of great TV shows and movies; personalized viewing experience; available on a wide range of TV and mobile devices; change or cancel your plan at any time.
  • What’s different: Video quality up to 720p/HD (now for both our Basic with Ads and Basic plans); average of 4 to 5 minutes of ads per hour; a limited number of movies and TV shows won't be available due to licensing restrictions, which we’re working on; no ability to download titles.

It's not a bad deal, or so it seems. The number of commercials is not great, and in line with what Hulu offers for the same $7/month price.

If you're considering Netflix as part of your Streaming Life, or if you have it, but wish it cost less, you'll have this option starting November 3. If you like it, great! You'll have saved some money. If you don't, you can easily upgrade to one of the existing tiers and have the experience to which you've become accustomed.

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