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Warning to those sharing Netflix passwords during the crackdown

NETFLIX users who share accounts with people outside their household are being charged.

Subscribers will be asked to split more money to add members who don’t live with them, in the latest crackdown on account sharing.

Moves to very little after Netflix raises subscription costs by millions

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Moves to very little after Netflix raises subscription costs by millionsCredit: Getty

The streaming giant is only testing it in three countries to start, before considering a global rollout.

Users in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru will be the first to feel the pinch, and were told around £2/$2.70 on average, depending on the country.

It’s unclear how Netflix will detect and enforce the new feature, but last year it started testing one Quick warning of parasites.

Users were prohibited from sharing their accounts with people outside of their household, but Netflix has long turned a blind eye.

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Under the latest crackdown, bill payers will be able to add sub-accounts for up to two viewers living elsewhere without breaking the rules.

Netflix says it has to somehow limit the problem so it can continue to invest in new big-budget TV shows and movies.

But with the recent surge in subscriptions, many will be unhappy about the prospect of a further squeeze.

Just last week, Squid Game and Bridgerton hitmaker announced plans to increase UK costs by up to £24 a year.

Its basic and standard plan prices will increase by £1 a month, to £6.99 and £10.99 respectively.

While customers on the premium plan would have to pay an extra £2, now they have to pay £15.99.

Since January, the price has been increased in United States and Canada also.

As part of this new move, the company announced that subscribers will also be able to transfer profiles to new accounts or additional member sub-accounts.

This means they’ll be able to bring all of their viewing history, favorite shows, and personalized recommendations with them.

“We recognize that people have multiple entertainment options, so we want to make sure any new feature is flexible and useful to members, who have sponsorship subscriptions for all our great TV shows and movies,” said Chengyi Long, director of product innovation at Netflix.

“We’ll work to understand the utility of these two features for members in these three countries before implementing the changes anywhere else in the world.”

Chile’s additional membership price tag comes in at 2,380 CLP (£2.26 / $2.98), while those in Costa Rica will be charged $2.99 ​​(£2.27) and 7.9 PEN (£1.61 / $2.12) in Peru.

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Netflix has 222 million subscribers worldwideCredit: Getty

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