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You can get Netflix for a lower cost but there's a catch with ads.

Netflix has launched its new Basic with Ads plan. You can get Netflix at a cheaper price but you now will view ads.

Another major change with this plan is certain content in the Netflix library is unavailable due to licensing restrictions.

If you were thinking of switching to the new Netflix Basic with Ads plan or signing up for the first time, we've got the lowdown so you don't get met by the dreaded unavailable message.

Back to the Future tile on Netflix, with a message showing it's unavailable to watch on the Basic with Ads plan

How many titles are missing from Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?

One of the benefits of the Basic with Ads plan is its lower price. However, Netflix warned that 5–10% of the catalogue would be missing at launch.

Finder has worked out that the proportion of missing titles is 4.2% in Australia.

Of the 6,630 titles in the Netflix library, 284 are unavailable at launch. This ranges across both TV shows and movies.

It's not just obscure titles either. Some are popular with Netflix viewers.

For example, 3 of the top 10 movies on Netflix on the day of launch, namely A Wedding For Christmas, Sing and The Boss Baby are inaccessible to those on the Basic with Ads plan.

Netflix top 10 on 4 November 2022

Some classic movies are also missing such as Back to the Future, Happy Gilmore, The Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing.

For those thinking Netflix's Basic with Ads plan might be a cheap option to entertain the kids, you might want to think again.

There are a lot of Illumination and Dreamworks titles such as Trolls, Shrek and The Secret Life of Pets unavailable from this plan.

Complete list of titles missing from Netflix Basic with Ads plan

You can see the full list of titles that are missing in the table below. We've also compiled a list of the 10 best shows and movies you can't watch with Netflix ads.

There are 66 titles in the Netflix AU that are not in Netflix AU Ads Plan.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince2009Family Movies Movies Based on Books
iCarly
  • Season 2
2008Kids' TV Sitcoms Family Watch Together TV Kids Music TV Comedies
The Fairly OddParents
  • Season 7
2009Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2007Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Cartoons Fantasy TV Shows
SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
  • Season 7
2013Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons
Victorious
  • Season 3
2013Kids' TV Sitcoms TV Comedies
House of CardsOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
2018Political TV Shows TV Dramas US TV Shows TV Thrillers
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain2013Stand-Up Comedy
Vikings
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
2019Political TV Shows TV Dramas Canadian TV Action & Adventure Period Pieces
The Adventures of Puss in BootsOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 3
  • Season 2
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
2018Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons
PAW Patrol
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
2017Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Sam & Cat
  • Season 1
2014Kids' TV Sitcoms TV Comedies
Dragons: Race to the EdgeOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
2018Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons
Ash vs. Evil Dead
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2018TV Comedies TV Action & Adventure US TV Shows TV Horror
Dawn of the CroodsOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
2017Kids' TV TV Cartoons
DinotruxOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
2017Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons
Henry Danger
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2016Kids' TV Sitcoms TV Comedies
Voltron: Legendary DefenderOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
  • Season 4
  • Season 8
  • Season 7
2018Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Home: Adventures with Tip & OhOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
2018Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books Kids Music TV Comedies TV Cartoons
Queen of the South
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
2021TV Dramas TV Shows Based on Books TV Action & Adventure Crime TV Shows US TV Shows
El marginalOriginal
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
2022TV Dramas Argentinian Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers
Spy Kids: Mission CriticalOriginal
  • Season 2
  • Season 1
2018Kids' TV TV Cartoons
MarlonOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2018Sitcoms Family Watch Together TV TV Comedies US TV Shows
Great NewsOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2017Sitcoms TV Comedies US TV Shows
Dinotrux SuperchargedOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2018Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons
Happy!Original
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2019TV Comedies TV Action & Adventure Crime TV Shows US TV Shows TV Shows Based on Comics
UnsolvedOriginal
  • Season 1
2018Music TV Dramas TV Shows Based on Books Hip-Hop Crime TV Shows
Harvey Girls Forever!Original
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
2020Kids' TV Kids Music TV Comedies TV Cartoons TV Shows Based on Comics
3Below: Tales of ArcadiaOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2019Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Cartoons
Time: The Kalief Browder StoryOriginal
  • Season 1
2017Biographical Documentaries Docuseries Social & Cultural Docs US TV Shows
ChampionsOriginal
  • Season 1
2018Sitcoms TV Comedies US TV Shows
Wanted
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2018TV Dramas Australian Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers
Wizards: Tales of ArcadiaOriginal
  • Season 1
2020Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Cartoons Fantasy TV Shows
Archibald's Next Big ThingOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2020Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Comedies TV Cartoons
Kipo and the Age of WonderbeastsOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2020Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons TV Shows Based on Comics
Fast & Furious Spy RacersOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
2021Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Rhyme Time TownOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2021Kids' TV Kids Music TV Cartoons
Dirty JohnOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2020TV Dramas Crime TV Shows US TV Shows TV Thrillers TV Shows Based on Real Life
Dare MeOriginal
  • Season 1
2019TV Dramas TV Shows Based on Books Teen TV Shows Crime TV Shows US TV Shows
Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-RamaOriginal2020Kids' TV Family Movies Family Watch Together TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books
The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-weenOriginal2019Kids' TV Family Movies Family Watch Together TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books
Captain Underpants Mega BlissmasOriginal2020Kids' TV Family Movies Family Watch Together TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books
The InmateOriginal
  • Season 1
2018TV Dramas Mexican Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden DragonOriginal2020Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books Comedy Movies Movies Based on Books
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor HolidayOriginal2020Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books Comedy Movies Movies Based on Books
The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!Original2020Kids' TV Family Movies Family Watch Together TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books
Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along AdventureOriginal2020Kids' TV Family Movies Family Watch Together TV Kids & Family Movies Westerns
Spirit Riding Free: Riding AcademyOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2020Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the SongwingOriginal2020Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books Comedy Movies Movies Based on Books
Playing with FireOriginal
  • Season 1
2019Romantic TV Dramas TV Dramas Mexican
You Cannot HideOriginal
  • Season 1
2020Mexican TV Action & Adventure Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers
Spirit Riding Free: Pony TalesOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2019Kids' TV TV Cartoons
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden AdventureOriginal2022Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Cartoons
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of ChristmasOriginal2019Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies Westerns TV Cartoons
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in SpaceOriginal
  • Season 1
2020Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Comedies TV Cartoons
The Thundermans
  • Season 2
2014Kids' TV Sitcoms TV Comedies
The Loud House
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2017Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons
Team Zenko GoOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2022Kids' TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Cartoons
Stateless
  • Season 1
2020Political TV Shows TV Dramas Australian Social Issue TV Dramas
Rhyme Time Town SingalongsOriginal
  • Season 1
2020Kids' TV Kids Music TV Cartoons
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon KnightOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
2023Kids' TV TV Comedies TV Cartoons
Diary of a GigoloOriginal
  • Season 1
2022TV Dramas Argentinian TV Mysteries Crime TV Shows TV Thrillers
The Secret of the Greco Family
  • Season 1
2022TV Dramas Mexican Crime TV Shows TV Shows Based on Real Life
The Boss Baby: Back in the CribOriginal
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
2023Kids' TV Family Watch Together TV TV Shows Based on Books TV Comedies TV Cartoons
The Boss Baby: Christmas BonusOriginal2022Kids' TV Kids & Family Movies TV Shows Based on Books Comedy Movies Movies Based on Books
Baby Shark's Big Show!
  • Season 1
2022Kids' TV Kids Music TV Cartoons

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How do I know a title is missing from Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?

Unlike our handy list above, Netflix doesn't display a complete overview of which titles are unavailable to those on the Basic with Ads tier.

These unavailable titles will have a lock icon when you search or browse Netflix.

Make sure to pay attention to the top right corner of the tiles in Netflix on the Basic with Ads plan to see if you can watch a title or not.

How can I access the missing titles on Netflix's Basic with Ads plan?

If you come across a title on Netflix that is unavailable in the Basic with Ads plan, there is only 1 way to watch it on the service.

You will have to upgrade to one of the plans on Netflix without ads: the Basic, Standard or Premium plans.

If you subscribe to the Basic with Ads plan and you're on Netflix when you come across 1 of these titles, you will be given the option to upgrade if you want to watch.

Keep in mind that it's a big jump in price to the other tiers.

The Basic plan costs 57% more at $10.99 a month and the Standard plan is a 143% increase on the Basic with Ads plan. If you took up the Premium plan, there would be a 228% increase in your monthly cost.

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