Netflix officially launched its £4.99-a-month subscription service in the UK last week, showing 30-second ads during movies and TV shows.
Basic with Adverts is £11 cheaper than the streamer’s most expensive plan each month, as viewers see four to five minutes of ads per hour.
And there’s a catch: many of Netflix’s most popular movies and programs are blocked from this option.
These include the sitcoms New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the dramas Suits and House of Cards, and the films Paddington and The Imitation Game.
Netflix stated on its website: “Some TV shows and movies cannot be viewed on the basic plan with ads due to licensing restrictions.
“These titles will have a lock icon when searching or browsing Netflix.”
These unavailable movies and TV shows may not be immediately apparent to Netflix users as they may still appear in searches.
MailOnline takes a look at some of the most popular content that will no longer be available to subscribers who choose this cheaper option.
Netflix officially launched its £4.99-a-month subscription service in the UK last week, showing 30-second ads during movies and TV shows
POPULAR TV SERIES AND MOVIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN NETFLIX BASIC WITH ADS PACKAGE
- house of cards
- it’s always sunny in Philadelphia
- The good place
- arrested development
- The US office
- new girl
- Peaky Blinders – US only
- The imitation game
- Robin Hood
- singing 2
- Scary movie
it’s always sunny in Philadelphia
The comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not available on the Basic with Ads plan.
It stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olsen and Danny Devito as a group of friends who run an Irish bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While the latest, fifteenth series averaged 268,000 viewers when it aired on FXX, the series has garnered a cult following that enjoys its dark humor.
The good place
The Good Place is another series that UK viewers will no longer have access to as part of the £4.99 per month subscription.
Starring Kristen Bell, it follows a woman who dies and is welcomed into a heavenly utopia despite living a morally unethical life.
William Jackson Harper and Jameela Jamil portray other characters in the afterlife, and the last series averaged 3.56 million viewers in 2019.
New Girl stars Zooey Deschanel as Jess, a quirky teacher who moves in with three men she’s never met before.
While Deschanel was on maternity leave in Series 5, Megan Fox temporarily took over as the female protagonist.
While the last series drew an average of 2.18 million viewers, it has become one of the most popular shows on the platform since its inception on Netflix.
New Girl has become one of Netflix’s most popular TV series since it was added to the streaming service. It is not available to subscribers of the Basic with Ads plan
UK PRICES FROM NETFLIX
– Simply with advertising: £4.99
– basic: £6.99 (one screen each)
– default: £10.99 (two screens simultaneously, HD available)
– bonus: £15.99 (four screens simultaneously, Ultra HD available)
More info: netflix.com
Arrested Development follows the dysfunctional Bluth family who face bankruptcy after the father figure went to prison for fraud.
It aired on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006, followed by two seasons on Netflix until 2019.
The series’ first season was the 120th most popular show in US households according to Nielson’s rating system.
The legal drama Suits mainly follows a college dropout portrayed by Patrick J. Adams who works at a law firm alongside a successful closer played by Gabriel Macht.
It also starred Meghan Markle, who played aspiring paralegal Rachel Zane before her marriage to Prince Harry.
The nine-season series will not be available on Netflix for subscribers to the Basic with Ads plan.
The US office
The Office, with Steve Carell as the regional head of a paper company, will be closed to those on Netflix’s new ad-enabled plan.
The series finale of the popular mockumentary sitcom was viewed by an estimated 5.7 million viewers in 2013.
In 2016, Rolling Stone named it one of the 100 greatest television shows of all time.
house of cards
House of Cards is a political drama and Netflix Original released in 2013, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Netflix ended its relationship with Spacey in 2017 following allegations of sexual misconduct, and the final series was released without his involvement.
It remained popular throughout its six seasons, the last of which averaged 1.5 million viewers in the US alone.
“Suits,” which starred Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, cannot be viewed on Netflix for subscribers to the Basic with Ads plan
The imitation game
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing as he tries to crack German intelligence for the British government during World War II.
Upon its release in 2014, it grossed over $233 million worldwide.
Paddington follows the lovable Peruvian bear as he joins the Brown family in London to start his new life.
Both the 2014 film and its sequel received critical acclaim and grossed $268 million.
Unfortunately, it will no longer be available for Netflix subscribers on the Basic with Ads plan.
The 2013 post-apocalyptic action film Oblivion stars Tom Cruise as one of the last survivors on Earth after an alien attack.
Viewers on the ad-supported Netflix package are likely unable to watch this film due to contractual arrangements between the streaming service and the production company.
Snatch, a 2001 film directed by Guy Ritchie, follows gangsters, thieves and smugglers as they cross paths in their hunt for a stolen diamond.
It has an all-star cast, including Brad Pitt and Jason Statham, and is currently number 118 on IMBDb’s list of the top 250 rated films.
WHAT VIDEO STREAMING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR UK CUSTOMERS?
Price: From £4.99 per month (with ads) or £6.99 per month (without ads)
Price: £8.99 per month OR £79 per year
- Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
- The young
Price: £6.99 per month
- Teddy Lasso
- For all mankind
Price: £7.99 per month OR £79.90 per year
- The Mandalorian
- The simpsons
Price: From £9.99 per month
- game of Thrones
Price: £4.99 per month
- Keeping up with the Kardashians
- Made in Chelsea
Price: £5.99 per month
- Spitting image
- Midsomer Murders
Prices valid from October 2022