Netflix reveals exactly how it can tell if you’re sharing your password — and what it will do to block you
NETFLIX will soon pay more attention to user activity as it tries to stamp out password sharing.
It’s the latest attempt by the popular streaming platform to attract more paying viewers.
Many users share their password with others who live outside of their household, such as friends and family.
But the platform has been grappling with falling viewership as the battle between streamers like Prime, Disney+, and Apple TV erupts.
Netflix introduced a streaming option with ads in October to try to attract more viewers at a lower price.
And despite recent hits like Bridgerton, Squid Game and Tim Burton’s Wednesday – all of which have billions of hours watched – the streaming platform is upping its game.
But how can it detect that I share my password?
People on the same plan who live in another house will have to “use their own account” to access the streaming platform, the company said in a new FAQ on its website.
That means you’ll have to pay a monthly fee of £4.99 for access to a device with ads, £6.99 for no ads and £10.99 to £15.99 for no ads and two to four screens.
The company said devices detected in other locations “may be blocked from watching Netflix.”
This is done by tracking IP addresses, device IDs and account activity.
If a device, e.g. For example, if the account is signed into a different location, such as a TV or laptop, Netflix requires a temporary code that allows users to sign in to that location for seven days.
Those traveling with their “primary device” — the device most commonly used for Netflix — won’t have any trouble accessing content, according to Netflix.
However, users must ensure that they connect to WiFi at their primary location at least once every 31 days to ensure uninterrupted access.
“If a Netflix account is used by a device not connected to the primary account holder’s household, the device must be verified before it can be used to watch Netflix,” the company wrote.
“We’re doing this to confirm that the device using the account is authorized to do so.”
Netflix emphasized that users will not be automatically charged if they share their account with someone who doesn’t live with them.
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