Netflix boosts the Basic with Ads subscription to 1080p resolution

Netflix’s ad-supported tier now has better picture quality and lets you stream on two devices simultaneously instead of one concurrent stream in 720p resolution.

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  • Netflix has increased the video resolution of Basic with Ads to 1080p.
  • You also get two concurrent streams, up from just one before.
  • Pricing has stayed the same as before.

Netflix with Ads gets boosted to 1080p resolution

Starting today, Netflix with Ads subscribers will enjoy better picture quality as the resolution of their video stream finally jumps to 1080p (1920×1080 pixels). You can adjust your video resolution in the mobile Netflix app for iOS and Android, or on the web, by following the instructions in the Netflix Help Center.

You also get the ability to use two concurrent streams simultaneously. Before this change, the Netflix with Ads tier offered a single stream at 720p (1280×720 pixels).

The Netflix with Ads subscription still costs $7/month like before. You can expect five minutes of 15-30 second ads every hour. Some movies and TV shows are unavailable with this tier. Offline downloads are also unsupported.

You must purchase a Basic subscription ($10/month) to eliminate ads. Netflix is also offering Standard ($15.50/month and Premium ($20/month) subscription plans, with further details available on the company’s Plans and Pricing webpage.

As of recently, the Basic with Ads plan is available on the Apple TV after months of delays. At the time of writing, Netflix offered ad-supported plans in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US.

Netflix will no longer mail you DVDs

Netflix is also shuttering, its subscription service that mailed movies on physical DVDs). “After an incredible 25-year run, we’ve decided to wind down later this year,” reads the announcement in the Netflix Newsroom.

The last DVD will be shipped to a customer on September 29, 2023. Returns will be accepted through October 27, 2023. If you’re a customer, you can create a downloadable PDF copy of your rental history, ratings, reviews and more via the company’s Data Download webpage at

Further information is available in a Netflix FAQ.

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