Is Netflix Starting to Run Ads?

Netflix is experimenting with advertising with its service, but it's not what you think. On Monday news reports from Cord Cutters News and Motherboard indicated that Netflix was playing around with pre-roll and post-roll advertisements for some of its content. The easy assumption to make would be that Netflix was toying around with embracing advertising — a model some analysts have pushed the company to consider. But take a deep breath, Netflix fans, you are not about to start getting Hulu-style ads before your binge-watch the upcoming season of Orange is the New Black or nerd-out over some classic episodes of Cheers. In a statement, Netflix told Mashable, "For some time, we've teased Netflix originals with short trailers after a member finishes watching a show. Some members in a limited test now are seeing teases before a show begins. We test hundreds of potential improvements to the service every year. Many never extend beyond that."