Netflix with ads is cheaper but missing titles: Here’s a list of everything
You can get Netflix for a lower cost but there's a catch with ads.
Netflix has launched its new Basic with Ads plan. You can get Netflix at a cheaper price but you now will view ads.
Another major change with this plan is certain content in the Netflix library is unavailable due to licensing restrictions.
If you were thinking of switching to the new Netflix Basic with Ads plan or signing up for the first time, we've got the lowdown so you don't get met by the dreaded unavailable message.
How many titles are missing from Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?
One of the benefits of the Basic with Ads plan is its lower price. However, Netflix warned that 5–10% of the catalogue would be missing at launch.
Finder has worked out that the proportion of missing titles is 4.2% in Australia.
Of the 6,630 titles in the Netflix library, 284 are unavailable at launch. This ranges across both TV shows and movies.
It's not just obscure titles either. Some are popular with Netflix viewers.
For example, 3 of the top 10 movies on Netflix on the day of launch, namely A Wedding For Christmas, Sing and The Boss Baby are inaccessible to those on the Basic with Ads plan.
Some classic movies are also missing such as Back to the Future, Happy Gilmore, The Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing.
For those thinking Netflix's Basic with Ads plan might be a cheap option to entertain the kids, you might want to think again.
Complete list of titles missing from Netflix Basic with Ads plan
You can see the full list of titles that are missing in the table below. We've also compiled a list of the 10 best shows and movies you can't watch with Netflix ads.
|Star Trek||1968||Family Watch Together TV TV Action & Adventure US TV Shows|
|LOL||2012||Romantic Comedy Movies Comedy Movies Romantic Movies Teen Movies|
|Pokémon The Series: Indigo League||2000||Kids' TV Japanese Anime based on a Video Game Anime Series Fantasy Anime|
|DinotruxOriginal||2017||Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons|
|Time: The Kalief Browder StoryOriginal||2017||Biographical Documentaries Docuseries Social & Cultural Docs US TV Shows|
|Wizards: Tales of ArcadiaOriginal||2020||Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Cartoons Fantasy TV Shows|
|Archibald's Next Big ThingOriginal||2020||Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Comedies TV Cartoons|
|Kipo and the Age of WonderbeastsOriginal||2020||Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons TV Shows Based on Comics|
|Fast & Furious Spy RacersOriginal||2021||Kids' TV TV Cartoons|
|Rhyme Time TownOriginal||2021||Kids' TV Kids Music TV Cartoons|
|Sarvam Thaala Mayam (Telugu Version)||2018||Indian Drama Movies Social Issue Dramas Musicals Telugu-Language Movies|
|Barbie Princess Adventure||2020||Kids & Family Movies Kids Music Musicals Kids Movies|
|Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Go Team Roberts||2020||Kids' TV TV Cartoons|
|Team Zenko GoOriginal||2022||Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons|
|Stateless||2020||Political TV Shows TV Dramas Australian Social Issue TV Dramas|
|Rhyme Time Town SingalongsOriginal||2020||Kids' TV Kids Music TV Cartoons|
|Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - EvolutionOriginal||2019||Family Movies Kids & Family Movies Japanese Anime based on a Video Game Anime Movies|
|Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon KnightOriginal||2023||Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons|
|Diary of a GigoloOriginal||2022||TV Dramas Argentinian TV Mysteries Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers|
|The Secret of the Greco Family||2022||TV Dramas Mexican Crime TV Shows TV Shows Based on Real Life|
|99 Songs (Tamil)||2021||Indian Bollywood Movies Drama Movies Romantic Movies Musicals|
|The Boss Baby: Back in the CribOriginal||2023||Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Comedies TV Cartoons|
|The Boss Baby: Christmas BonusOriginal||2022||Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books Comedy Movies Movies Based on Books|
|Beast (Tamil)||2022||Indian Military Movies Action & Adventure Movies Tamil-Language Movies|
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How do I know a title is missing from Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?
Unlike our handy list above, Netflix doesn't display a complete overview of which titles are unavailable to those on the Basic with Ads tier.
These unavailable titles will have a lock icon when you search or browse Netflix.
Make sure to pay attention to the top right corner of the tiles in Netflix on the Basic with Ads plan to see if you can watch a title or not.
How can I access the missing titles on Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?
If you come across a title on Netflix that is unavailable in the Basic with Ads plan, there is only 1 way to watch it on the service.
You will have to upgrade to one of the plans on Netflix without ads: the Basic, Standard or Premium plans.
If you subscribe to the Basic with Ads plan and you're on Netflix when you come across 1 of these titles, you will be given the option to upgrade if you want to watch.
Keep in mind that it's a big jump in price to the other tiers.
The Basic plan costs 57% more at $10.99 a month and the Standard plan is a 143% increase on the Basic with Ads plan. If you took up the Premium plan, there would be a 228% increase in your monthly cost.
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