Saturday, January 28, 2023

The cheapest Netflix plan doesn’t allow downloads

Members of the Netflix standard plan can downloads shows and movies to their devices so they can watch them later when they are not online. On the other hand, the next cheaper Netflix ad-supported version won’t let customers downloads shows and movies to watch offline.

Steve Moser, a Mac Rumors Contributing Writer and Chief Editor at the Tape Drive found this by looking at the Netflix iPhone app’s source code. Even though the version of Netflix with ads hasn’t come out yet. There are a few hints about it in the source code of the iPhone app.

Moser claims that the code reveals the inability to skip adverts or use the player controls during commercials. Here, it’s important to realize that skipping commercials is a normal part of streaming.

Netflix did not reply to requests for comment. Because of this, it appears that the streaming giant’s intentions are flexible and may change before the video version is available. Which is not happening for a while yet.

With a standard Netflix membership, users can save any show or movie to watch offline later. Users in places with spotty Internet access would like this feature.

The commercial-free version lacks this functionality. This can also lead some users to consider the pricier plans that start at $20 per month. The streaming giant has also said that the free, ad-supported version won’t have access to all content.

Customers are leaving Netflix in alarming numbers. During the second quarter of 2022, there were 1.3 million fewer users in the US and Canada. Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Amazon all offer the streaming video services of the California company.

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This June, it became said on the release of a version of Netflix with ads. The new version, which will come out in early 2023, will have an advertising system that was made in collaboration with Microsoft.

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