Netflix drops cheapest ad-free plan in Canada

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 25, 2023
Music and Video

Netflix users around the world may choose between one of several subscription plans. Up until now, Netflix offered three ad-free and a single ad-powered plan in most regions of the world.

It appears that Netflix is now testing a reduction of plans in Canada. The company removed the Basic plan in Canada, which is the cheapest available ad-free plan in all countries.

Canadian users who sign-up for Netflix or want to switch to a different plan can't select Basic anymore. Basic does remain available for users subscribed to the plan currently, but when they cancel their subscription or switch plans, Basic becomes unavailable to them as well.

Netflix confirmed the change on its website, but has not made an official announcement. On its website, Netflix writes: " The Basic plan is no longer available for new or rejoining members. If you are currently on the Basic plan, you can remain on this plan until you change plans or cancel your account."

Canadians have access to three plans only on Netflix right now. The two ad-free plans Standard and Premium, and the ad-powered plan Standard with ads.

Standard with ads is available for 5.99 CAD per month. It supports watching Netflix on 2 devices at a time and full HD streams. Standard, the now-cheapest ad-free plan is available for 16.49 CAD per month. It adds downloads to the list of features, an option to pay for one extra member who may watch Netflix elsewhere and an ad-free experience. Some shows and movies are also available only to non-ads accounts.

Netflix's Basic plan was available for 9.99 CAD in Canada. It offered one HD stream at a time and downloads to a single supported device.

Basic remains an option in other Netflix regions, including the United States, Sweden, Australia or Argentina.

Netflix revealed some time ago that its ad-powered plan performed better than the Basic plan. The then-called Basic with ads plan was renamed to Standard with ads and its features were improved by the company as a consequence.

More than 5 million users had signed-up for the ad-supported plan as of May 2023 already. Initial reports of Netflix's password sharing crackdown have also been positive in the United States, as Netflix recorded new alltime high daily subscriptions.

The decision to remove the Basic plan puts Canadian users between a rock and a hard place: either pay 4 CAD per month less but endure advertisement while watching Netflix, or pay 7 CAD more per month for an ad-free viewing experience.

Netflix will monitor subscriptions in Canada carefully. There is a chance that the company will reintroduce the Basic plan if the sign-up performance is getting worse, and also a chance that the Basic plan is going to be removed in other regions.

Going forward, Netflix viewers may have the choice between one of three plans only; this means that they will either have to pay more for Netflix access or watch advertisement.

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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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