Streaming giant Netflix has lost a whopping 200,000 subscribers for the first time in 10 years as the site cracks down on repeat offenders and users who break the rules
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For millions, life without Netflix seems unthinkable — but users risk getting banned for breaking three simple rules.
The streaming giant has set up rules to try and stop users from breaking them, but if they’re not tracked, customers could see their accounts suspended or even banned.
And after the tech giant revealed it lost a staggering 200,000 subscribers in April this year, repeat offenders who abuse their accounts will be targeted – and could even be banned from Netflix.
One of the biggest problems for Netflix is password sharing – which has always been banned – but millions of users have circumvented the rules. The company was pretty laid-back on the subject, but that has since changed.
One of the reasons could be that after losing 200,000 subscribers, the company is keen that it hits hard on users who share their passwords with friends and family members.
After seeing a huge drop in subscribers for the first time in over 10 years, Netflix is taking the problem far more seriously and cracking down on users who don’t have their own accounts.
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Using a VPN
If you don’t know what a VPN is, it stands for Virtual Private Network and allows users to trick websites into thinking they are in another country.
This means if you use a VPN and access Netflix, users can watch TV shows and movies released in other countries before theirs.
Netflix’s position on VPNs is: “You can access Netflix content primarily in the country where you set up your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such content.”
However, instead of a total ban, users are likely to receive a warning to stop using a VPN.
Make your own copies
This is now the most accepted rule for users that they do not make their own copies of media.
Netflix’s Terms of Service states that users may not “archive, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, or offer for sale anything on the platform.”
“We may terminate or restrict your use of our Service if you violate these Terms of Service or are involved in any illegal or fraudulent use of the Service.”
Modern streaming sites that see users violating their terms of service by engaging in illegal practices are likely to be banned from the sites.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/netflix-users-could-banned-millions-27245909 Netflix users could be banned by the millions for breaking these three rules - World News