Netflix's ad supported plan has nearly 5 million users

May 18, 2023
Music and Video

Netflix's ad supported plan is performing well. The company says that it has amassed nearly 5 million active users per month.

Netflix's ad supported tier is growing rapidly

Netflix launched its ad-supported plan in November 2022 in a few markets. The move was criticized by users, experts had predicted that it could hurt the company in the long run, and it did seem to be the case for a couple of months. It is worth nothing that the video-on-demand service had less than one million subscribers in the U.S. who opted for the ad-supported tier before March 2023.

Advertisers had been concerned about the strategy, primarily because the plan did not have enough users, which in turn meant fewer people would watch the ads. Analysts expected existing customers to downgrade to the lower priced plan, however, the introduction of a more affordable option has seen an influx of new subscribers. Netflix has seen its cheapest plan explode in popularity in the past couple of months.

There are many reasons why users may have opted for it, the cheapest plan from the streaming service supports 1080p, and allows users to watch from 2 supported devices simultaneously. In comparison, the Basic plan, which costs more, and only allows you to stream on one device at a time. In other words, the ad-supported plan is better than the Basic plan. Netflix has an impressive catalog of games available for all plans, which could attract gamers to the platform. The ad supported tier's rapid rise in popularity led to the Basic with ads plan being rebranded as Standard with ads.

Netflix wants to introduce new advertising types

The Los Gatos company held a virtual pitch to advertisers yesterday, where it revealed that Netflix's ad supported tier now has nearly 5 million users. Jeremi Gorman, the company's president of worldwide advertising, said that the numbers include all adult profiles used on an account.

Reuters reports that Netflix had 232.5 million paying subscribers around the world in March 2023. 5 million may seem quite small compared to the rest of the user base, but the ad-supported plan is not available in many Countries.  It is only available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Co-CEO, said that the streaming service still has a long way to go to build scale in advertising. The company wants to change how ad-supported streaming works. Among its plans to overhaul the system, it is working on a new type of advertising where a 30-minute commercial could be played out over several days, with a story unfolding every time a viewer watches a show. Sarandos also pointed out that this cannot be possible on linear (regular) TV channels.

While Netflix's ad supported tier has been growing steadily, the company is also facing a problem, users are leaving the service because of the company's crackdown on password sharing, which makes it more expensive for users who share their account (and the fee) among their family and friends. The company is yet to forbid the practice in the U.S., as it is working on improving the detection mechanisms that are used to determine whether a user is accessing the service from their home or from a different location.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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