Netflix has officially released its ad-supported tier, but along with that option for the more budget-minded customer comes an additional setback you may not have known about: Fewer of the streaming service’s biggest titles.
Right now, you can go to Netflix’s website and sign up for the relatively cheap “Basic with ads” plan for only $6.99 per month. On the surface, it would seem the only drawbacks are having to tolerate ads in-between programming, dealing with a middling video resolution of 720p, and not being able to download content onto your device. But a third drawback exists that only becomes obvious once you have actually signed onto the streaming platform. Once you do, you will notice certain shows and movies will have a lock icon next to them and you cannot watch them unless you upgrade to a higher tier.