Netflix just got rid of its cheapest ad-free plan in Australia

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//Netflix wants you to pay more or watch ads with its latest plan change.
Dylan Crismale
Oct 23, 2023
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Published on October 22, 2023

From today Netflix is phasing out its $10.99 Basic plan in Australia and other markets including Germany, Spain, Japan, Mexico and Brazil.

A quarterly letter to its shareholders revealed that it saw "boosted adoption" of it's Standard with Ads and Standard plans following the removal of the Basic tier in countries such as Canada earlier this year.

With Basic tier removed Netflix's range of plans will look as follows:

Basic with Ads
Standard
Premium

Price

$6.99

$16.99

$22.99

No. of simultaneous streams

1

2

4

No. of offline download devices

Zero

2

4

What will happen if I'm on the Basic plan?

Customers who are currently subscribed to the Basic plan won't be affected. You're essentially grandfathered in. But new members, rejoiners and existing Netflix subscribers are losing the ability to sign up for the Basic plan.  

It's no secret Netflix has been making a raft of changes in an effort to increase its revenue. The phasing out of the Basic plan has been coming for some time. At least as early as August this year, Netflix added resolution up to 1080p and two simultaneous streams to the Basic with Ads plan while the Basic plan remained limited to 720p and one stream.

Once Basic is gone, the cheapest plan without ads will be Standard at $16.99 a month. Basic plan customers were able to save $72 per year compared to being on the Standard plan.

Other ad-free streaming options

Of course, Netflix isn't a monopoly in the TV streaming space. There are several services such as Prime Video and Disney Plus with hundreds of shows available in Australia.

Compare streaming plans that cost less than Netflix's Standard tier:

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$6.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Basic
SD streaming
1 stream
$10.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard
HD streaming
2 streams
$16.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Premium
4K streaming
4 streams
$22.99/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Binge LogoBinge Basic + Ads plan
SD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 14-day free trial
$10/mth
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Binge LogoBinge Premium plan
HD streaming
4 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$22/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Kayo SportsKayo Basic Plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$35/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
BritBoxBritbox plan
HD streaming
5 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+plan
4K streaming
3 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$10/mth
StanStan Standard plan
HD streaming
3 streams
$16/mth
StanStan Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
$21/mth
Stan Sport logoStan Sport add-on
HD or 4K streaming

$15/mth add-on
Min. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaEssentials + Movies plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand
Deal: 10-day free trial
$45/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now All Packs plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and Docos
Deal: 10-day free trial
$59/mth*
*First 12mths. Then $104/mth

This story was originally published on WhistleOut Australia

Dylan Crismale
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Dylan Crismale
Dylan Crismale has been writing for over 6 years working across a variety of Australian publications. He's passionate about finding the best deals to save people money. When he's not behind a desk Dylan loves drawing, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

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