We’re anxiously waiting to see what the new ad-supported and ad-free tiers of Netflix will be like. While many rumors have been flying around, the latest news is that the former won’t let you download videos for offline viewing. If you have the ultimate package, you’ll still be able to do so.
This latest development is brought to us by Steve Moser on Twitter, who decided to look at the text within the codes for the new Netflix tier models. The statement implies that anyone who subscribes as a member with ads won’t be able to download videos. It’s interesting that they decided to take this stance now when the company previously used the feature to encourage people to join.
You won’t have to worry about paying more than you currently are if you already have the standard membership. The new ad-supported Netflix tier will be an entry-level package. The purpose is to show new members what they can enjoy, but only if they upgrade.
In some ways, it makes sense. I have many friends asking me if Netflix is worth it. No matter how much I explain that I enjoy it, they still have their doubts. Now, they can subscribe for a cheaper package to get a taste of what it’s like.
The company hasn’t indicated how long before newcomers will experience commercials on Netflix. It will be interesting to see if any other streaming platforms will follow the same example, which will be utterly disappointing. We specifically watch these streams so we don’t have to worry about adverts.
Let’s hope this new experiment doesn’t go viral. If it does, we’ll be waiting for new streaming platforms advertising that they don’t show commercials….until they do.