Netflix experts reveal how your bills could soar if you keep sharing logins – as the crackdown is now “months away”.

NETFLIX might charge you an additional £2/$2 per month for each person you share your login with.

The streaming giant is set to start cracking down on “account piggybacking” in early 2023 – and insiders have given The Sun their predictions for the increased bills.

The crackdown on Netflix login sharing is only a few months away


The crackdown on Netflix login sharing is only a few months awayPhoto credit: Netflix

Netflix has been warning about the move for months, but only confirmed plans to charge account sharers a monthly fee this week.

Starting early next year, when people outside your household log into your Netflix account, you’ll start paying additional fees.

Netflix hasn’t confirmed exactly what that fee will be, but experts say it could be an additional $2/£2 per month per bonus user.

We spoke to industry insider and Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who said it could mean a big payday for Netflix.

“My guess is that at the current price they will allow up to four accounts per household,” Michael told The Sun.

“And charges a modest fee ($2/month) for ‘extra’ accounts.

“I expect they’ll change that if a second site signs up (kid away at school) and then charge the $2 fee.”

He added: “There are probably 1 to 2 ‘extra’ accounts that they can track per subscriber.

“So if 50% of their 220 million accounts agree to pay $2 more per month, that’s $200 million per month.”

That would still make it significantly cheaper to share a login than to buy your own.

But the burden will fall on the account holder, which could trigger some arguments.

According to PP Foresight analyst and industry expert Paolo Pescatore, finding just the right price will be extremely important.

“Netflix has to tread carefully,” Paolo told The Sun.

“This needs to be well under a fiver to avoid user backlash.

“Otherwise, it could force some users to downgrade or quit altogether.”

Cheap as chips

It comes just days after Netflix unveiled its cheap new ad-supported subscription plan.

Last week, the streaming giant announced that the new Basic With Ads tier would cost just $6.99 / £4.99 per month.

That’s in contrast to the Netflix Basic pricing, which sits at $9.99 / £6.99.

It is scheduled to go live on November 3 and will show between 15 and 30 seconds of advertising before and during series and films.

The new Basic With Ads tier is rolling out in 12 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK and the US.

“Basic with Adverts is everything people love about Netflix, at a lower price, with a few ads in between,” said Netflix’s Greg Peters.

The new plan, which Netflix first teased in April, offers most of the features of its basic plan, but with a few minor differences.

Customers can stream in HD resolution (720p) on up to one device at a time. Basic also upgrades to 720p resolution.

An average of four to five minutes of video advertising is played every hour.

Netflix said it will avoid playing the same ad too many times.

A handful of movies and TV series aren’t available on the new plan due to licensing restrictions.

There will also be no option to download movies and series with Basic with in-app ads.

Clean up your plot

Netflix also provides a way out for account “piggybackers” who share logins.

You can now remove your profile from the account you shared.

Users can migrate their profile to another account with all their recommendations and favorites.

Netflix is ​​positioning profile transfer as something needed when people move out or when you break up.

“No matter what, let your Netflix profile be a constant in a life of change so you can sit back, relax, and pick up exactly where you left off,” said Timi Kosztin, product manager on Netflix’s product innovation team.

The feature rolled out this week.

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