Netflix will no longer be ad-free!


New York: Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has confirmed that the streaming giant is working on adding a new ad-supported tier to its subscription offerings, as the company looks to shore up its subscriber base through a cheaper plan.

Sarandos, while speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, said that the firm following a loss of 2,00,000 subscribers last quarter, the firm would be introducing a less-expensive ad-supported tier to its service in a bid to bring in new customers.

“We’ve left a big customer segment off the table, which is people who say: ‘Hey, Netflix is too expensive for me and I don’t mind advertising,'” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Sarandos speaking on the Cannes Lions stage with Sway podcast host Kara Swisher.

“We adding an ad tier; we’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads,” Sarandos added.

Netflix’s presence at Cannes Lions is a clear sign the company is looking to embrace the ad industry, adds the report. Also, Sarandos confirmed that the company is in talks with potential ad-sales partners.

“We are still in the early days of deciding how to launch a lower priced, ad supported option and no decisions have been made. So this is all just speculation at this point,” the statement reads.

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