If you think that ad-supported Netflix would be a regular service with some ad breaks, you are sadly wrong. Netflix offline downloads will not be available on Netflix’s ad-free subscriptions , according to the language in the code for the Netflix app, discovered by developer Steve Moser and shared with Bloomberg .
Currently, Netflix has three subscription options. The first is standard definition content, which allows viewing on one screen at a time. While the top option provides the ability to watch in HD and on two screens at the same time, if you want to watch everything in UHD (with 4K and HDR), you can watch it on four screens at the same time by purchasing the top subscription option.
Contents Cannot Be Downloaded on Netflix with Ads
It’s hardly surprising at one point that Netflix doesn’t provide offline downloads to people who pay for the ad-free version of the service. Earlier this year, co-CEO Ted Sarandos said that the ad-supported subscription option doesn’t include all of the same content as the ad-free one, and that he thinks the ad-supported subscription option should entice people to take up the next subscription options.
There is also the challenge of serving ads in offline content. It is difficult in a way, if not impossible.
In July, Microsoft announced that it would become Netflix’s ad technology and affiliate, providing an efficient infrastructure to serve ads in its new subscription option. The new ad-supported subscription option for Netflix is expected to launch in 2023.