Netflix just got cheaper in 11 countries but there are catches

Netflix Basic with Ads
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If you want to watch some of the awesome content Netflix offers but want to pay as little as possible, today is the day to sign up. The streamer's new Basic with Ads tier has gone live, which means you can get Netflix for less than before.

The new ad-supported tier went live in Canada and Mexico on Tuesday, but today it added the U.S., U.K, Australia, Japan, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, and Korea to the mix. Next week, those in Spain will also be able to save on their subscription.

Money saving

Those who choose the new ad-supported tier will pay $6.99 per month or the local equivalent. But some caveats should be noted. Most notable is that you can't download content to watch offline, but the other limitations include lower quality streaming at just 720p and only one of those streams allowed at any one time. Some content won't be available either, thanks to licensing restrictions.

Other Netflix tiers improve the situation with better quality, more streams, and the option to download TV shows and movies when needed. But Netflix has also confirmed that it's working on the problem of some content not being available on Basic with Ads, so hopefully that'll change in the future.

As for the ads themselves, Netflix has already said that they'll be no longer than 30 seconds long and will play before and during shows and films. But if you're looking to save as much money as possible, that could be a small price to pay, especially if you might otherwise cancel your Netflix subscription altogether.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.