Movies and shows are missing from Netflix’s cheaper ad-supported plan

Subscribers to Netflix’s recently-launched Basic with Ads plan not only deal with commercials while watching but also get fewer movies and TV shows than those on the ad-free plans.

Netflix launched the cheaper subscription plan in 12 countries in early November, with South Africa excluded from the initial rollout.

Here we already have a cheaper Netflix Mobile plan for R49 per month.

In the US, the ad-supported plan is $6.99 (R120, excl. VAT and fees) — $3 cheaper than the Basic option and $8.50 less than Standard.

Netflix’s plans typically include the same content library, with features like streaming resolution and concurrent streams being the differentiators.

But Netflix chief operating officer Greg Peters told Variety a limited number of movies and TV shows aren’t available on the cheaper tier due to licensing restrictions.

Peters said the streaming service was working to reduce that number over time.

Among the popular series missing from the US Basic with Ads catalogue include The Crown, Breaking Bad, Cobra Kai, and Peaky Blinders.

Movies unavailable on the tier include several recent 007 films, Morbius, The Hateful Eight, and Rambo.

No offline watching on the cheap plan

In addition to the smaller library, customers with the ad-supported plan also can’t download titles for offline viewing.

That would be a deal-breaker for many South Africans who don’t have uncapped data and want to be able to watch Netflix while on the go.

Fortunately, the Basic service available locally is priced at R99, which is about R20 cheaper than Basic with Ads in the US at current exchange rates.

South Africa’s cheaper mobile-only plan also supports downloads.

The complete list of TV shows and movies missing from the Basic with Ads subscription in the US is shown below.

Missing TV shows

  • Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad
  • Cobra Kai
  • Good Girls
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • House of Cards
  • Peaky Blinders
  • New Girl
  • The Crown
  • The Magicians
  • The Last Kingdom
  • The Sinner
  • The Good Place
  • Friday Night Lights

Missing movies

  • 007: Casino Royale
  • 007: Skyfall
  • 007: Quantum of Solace
  • 28 Days
  • A Monster Calls
  • Contraband
  • Darkest House
  • Oblivion
  • Man on a Ledge
  • Made of Honor
  • Morbius
  • Rambo
  • Road House
  • Robin Hood
  • The Bad Guys
  • The Butler
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Mist
  • Vice

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