Netflix has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cheaper subscription plan to customers that will show adverts.

The streaming giant says the service will be an "addition" to its existing plans, which do not include adverts.

The company has not yet revealed how much it plans to charge subscribers for the new service.

Netflix announced the move after it reported its first subscriber loss in more than a decade and cut hundreds of jobs earlier this year.

It lost 200,000 subscribers between January and March, compared to the 2.5 million analysts had been expecting the firm to add in the period. Netflix also now expects to lose a further two million subscribers between April and June.

The company said it had selected Microsoft as its global advertising technology and sales partner to introduce a "lower priced ad-supported subscription plan".

"It's very early days and we have much to work through," Netflix's chief operating officer Greg Peters said in a statement.

"But our long-term goal is clear. More choice for consumers and a premium, better-than-linear TV brand experience for advertisers."

Netflix never wanted ads. Its entire business model was built around monthly subscriptions.

Yet Netflix executives have had to rip up their own rules.

It comes after terrible figures showed that the company was losing subscribers.

And the cost of living crisis has meant that households, tightening their belts, have looked at their Netflix subscription as a potential saving. Investors have been spooked.

Netflix also has huge competition from the likes of Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple TV and Disney+.

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