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Netflix The decision to introduce an ad-supported layer has sparked a lot of discussion online, and many are wondering what this means for the streaming media sector as a whole.
However, the news that not the entire Netflix catalog will be available to users at the ad-supported tier has sparked even more debate online. But what titles won’t you find at Netflix’s ad-supported tier, and why is there that limitation? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Netflix’s ad-supported tier?
Netflix’s new ad-supported tier, Basic with Ads, costs $6.99 per month. Users on this platform see ads between shows, have a resolution capped at 720p, and are unable to download shows to their devices to watch offline.
How much of Netflix isn’t available with ads?
According to Variety, “5% to 10% of titles” will be unavailable for ad-supported titles. And Variety points out that the exact number of unavailable titles changes depending on the country you’re watching from.
Netflix stated this in a press release announcing the new tier. The streaming giant said: “A limited number of films and TV shows will be unavailable due to licensing restrictions we are working on.”
This follows a statement made by Netflix’s chief operating officer, Greg Peters, earlier last month. He told Variety, “A limited number of films and TV shows will be unavailable due to licensing restrictions, and we will work to reduce these over time.”
This suggests that this situation could change in the future, but early adopters will have to continue to grapple with this limitation for the foreseeable future.
What shows can ad-supported users not watch?
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t offered a full list of what’s not available, forcing users to find out for themselves.
However, most of the missing content falls into several general categories, usually dependent on who is currently distributing the content. That means if Netflix can strike a deal with these distributors, a lot of that content will be available with ads at some point in the future.
Early Netflix Originals
You would think that Netflix would want to heavily promote its original content considering these shows are the platform’s main selling point for many users. However, some of the previous Netflix Originals are not available to ad-supported users.
This includes big names like arrested development, house of cardsand Santa is back.
Netflix Originals by DreamWorks
A massive omission on the ad-supported tier is DreamWorks’ Netflix Originals. This means that you cannot watch programs such as Turbo FAST, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, Puss in Bootsor Voltron without upgrading.
Currently, many Universal shows are not available through the ad-supported tier. This includes Universal TV shows, Universal Pictures films and Universal Animation content.
Therefore, at the ad-supported level, viewers cannot view content such as The Good Place, Queen of the South, Oblivion, Robin Hood, Minions & Moreand singing 2
Interestingly, this includes movies from Universal 1440, many of which Netflix has exclusive streaming rights to, including movies like The Munsters.
While not as blocked as Universal, several major Sony film projects are unavailable at the ad-supported tier. This includes movies like Casino Royale, Quantum of Solaceand Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Most striking are Sony’s first window films, such as Father Stu and disease.
All of Lionsgate’s films are not available at the ad-supported tier. This contains Rambo, Rambo: Last Bloodand imperial state. Although the label’s TV shows are available with commercials.
Many of 20th Television’s projects are not available at the ad-supported level. That includes many shows scheduled to leave Netflix in the coming months. Tragically, this means you can’t watch arrested development or new girl with advertising.
Some projects by smaller studios and distributors are also blocked at the ad-supported level. This includes movies like Missing link and go high
Of course, the shows that aren’t available at the ad-supported tier change depending on which country you’re in. The most striking example of this is Peaky Blinders. While American fans won’t be able to watch it with ads, viewers in the UK can watch it on the ad-supported tier, as the show is labeled as a BBC-produced show and not a Netflix Original in that territory.