You love Netflix, and you subscribe to it for eight bucks a month because you get thousands of great movies and shows with NO annoying ads. Not one.
Don't look now, but that could be changing soon. Netflix has started experimenting and testing ads that will theoretically run before and after a movie, show, or special.
While it's cause for concern, there's no reason to completely freak out just yet. Netflix noted that the ads are simply trailers for its original programs like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards." See an example below:
That's not too bad, right? It's better than a third-party ad, that's for sure. Better yet, a Netflix spokesperson told Vice that the company has no plans to sell third-party ads. In fact, just last year Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt said:
"Internet TV is divorced of the need of advertising revenue because we can develop direct relationships with the consumer ... Marketers need to find a different place to advertise."
The person also emphasized that everything is still in the testing phase, so there's a good chance that these ads never reach you, the casual viewer.
So what will happen to Netflix if it decides to add ads? Scenario one is that users leave, which I don't think is likely. Other theories say the company may charge $1 or $2 extra for the option to remove the ads. BGR noted that Netflix could dramatically increase its profits if it chooses to run any type of ad.
What do you think Netflix will do? If it begins airing ads, will you drop the service? Let me know your opinions by posting in the comments below.