Netflix ad-supported download tier might drop download feature, code tips

Netflix with ads might bring another inconvenience to its users, probably giving up the download feature.

This basically prevents users from watching their favorite shows, movies, and documentaries while offline.

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This illustration photo taken on April 21, 2018 in Paris shows the logo of entertainment company Netflix displayed on a tablet screen with a remote control in front.

Netflix Ad Supported Plan

Netflix’s ad-supported tier is currently in the works, no less than the giant streaming service’s top brass have confirmed, according to a report from The Verge.

But beyond the fact that the video streaming service’s new plan would obviously come with ads, the tech giant has yet to reveal its features and downsides.

That said, the price of the new Netflix plan remains to be seen. However, the streaming service said the new tier would give its subscribers a more affordable choice.

Meanwhile, The Verge reports that the new ad-supported version of Netflix will be released in 2023.

So if you’re looking forward to a cheaper option, you’ll have to wait until next year.

Netflix with ads, but no download feature?

This time, however, its app code hints that the new tier wouldn’t just include annoying ads. In fact, the new ad-supported version will probably remove the offline download feature as well.

Distorted Netflix logo

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This illustration image shows the American online streaming giant’s Netflix logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019.

According to Bloomberg’s latest report, a new revelation regarding the upcoming ad-supported tier is grabbing attention under Netflix’s iOS app code for iPhone users.

He revealed that Netflix plans to remove the download feature from its shows and movies in the next low cost plan.

The developer who discovered it, Steve Moser, says “downloads are available on all plans except Netflix with ads.”

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Besides removing the download feature, Moser then shared his other hints of the Netflix app code.

Moser says the code also suggests users on the ad-supported plan wouldn’t get the convenient skip button.

It’s common for streaming services to include a skip button after the ad plays for a few seconds. But it looks like Netflix is ​​going against the grain, according to the latest code.

In addition to this, the developer also points out that the video streaming platform disables all playback controls during a commercial break.

The streaming service declined to comment on the latest code sightings. So it’s unclear if the tech giant is still working on a jump button.

Bloomberg notes in its report that Netflix’s new low-cost tier is still a few months away. And as such, we could still see a bunch of changes ahead of its 2023 debut.

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