Netflix phases out ‘basic’ streaming plan in Canada

Toronto –

Netflix Canada is basic and done.

The streaming giant has announced that it will be phasing out the $9.99 “Basic” option from its pricing plans, as well as the cheapest ad-free subscription.

That means new Netflix subscribers will have to decide between waiting for commercial breaks or paying a little more for an ad-free experience.

Netflix inventory costs $5.99 and allows you to watch on up to two screens simultaneously with commercial breaks.

The next level is $16.49/month and lets you watch on 2 devices simultaneously with no ads. There’s also a $20.99 premium plan with 4K high-definition video, and the option to add up to two members who aren’t living together.

The change to subscription options comes months after Netflix used the Canadian market as a testing ground for crackdowns on password sharing.

Netflix has already removed the basic tier for new subscribers, and a company representative said it will also remove it as an option for existing members “in the near future.”

Subscribers currently on the $9.99 basic service will be excluded from this plan unless they switch to another option or cancel their account.

This report by the Canadian Press Agency was first published on June 23, 2023.

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