Netflix is reportedly making changes to its cheaper ad-supported subscription plan by not allowing users to download movies and TV shows to watch offline.
People might have been willing to put up with ads in the middle of their Netflix binges if it meant paying less, but it looks like they’re losing an important feature.
The streaming giant’s upcoming ad-supported plans could disable downloading of shows and movies for offline viewing, as reported by Bloomberg.
This would be a major inconvenience for people who want to download their favorite shows and movies to their devices to watch on a flight or on the subway to work.
The removal of this feature was discovered by developer Steve Moser in codes on Netflix’s iOS app.
The internal codes point to messages like “Downloads available on all plans except Netflix with ads,” which gave away plans to remove the popular feature.
The report also suggests that anyone who opts for the basic plan won’t be able to skip ads. Also, you may not have access to playback controls when the ads are running.
The company reportedly plans to release the low-budget plan early next year. It’s unclear how much subscribers will have to pay for the new service or when it will roll out.
In July, the company announced that it was launching a new ad-supported subscription plan with Microsoft, in addition to its existing plans.
So far, Netflix offers ad-free Basic, Standard, and Premium plans. With the new plan, the company is likely targeting consumers who don’t mind being interrupted by ads as long as they pay less.
However, leaving out key features like offline viewing might be a step too far for users’ tastes.
Newer competitors like Disney Plus have already beaten Netflix by subscriber count, though they’ll start showing ads later this year.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.
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