When will Netflix start charging users who share passwords? Everything we know
NETFLIX’s plan to crack down on password sharing could affect more than 100 million subscribers worldwide.
After years of ignoring the tactic from the streaming giant, it seems the time has finally come put an end to it.
What does this mean for your account? And when can we expect fees to creep in?
What is Netflix’s plan to ban password sharing?
Netflix wants to prevent people from sharing their account password with people who live outside of their household for free.
With the possibility of using four screens at the same time the premium packageMembers have long used it to spread expenses between friends and family.
But after recently losing 200,000 subscribers — the most in a decade — Netflix is now trying to curb the practice.
How Does the Netflix Password Sharing Ban Work?
People who share their password won’t be severely banned — instead, they’ll be billed more if caught doing so.
It’s not yet clear what the plan is, but we already have an idea of how it might play out due to a Legal proceedings in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru.
Netflix has been testing it since March, asking billpayers to pay around £2.70/$2.70 on top of their usual fees.
Netflix can use the IP address to identify when an account is not used in the same household.
Subscriptions recognized for account sharing will receive a prompt asking them to pay more for two additional profiles.
We’re not sure how Netflix will enforce this, but the site will reportedly use multi-factor authentication, which involves sending a code to the bill payer’s phone every time, making it harder for outsiders to use.
When will Netflix start charging for sharing your password?
Netflix hasn’t announced when it will expand the process beyond Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Nor was it said which countries it will apply to.
On Tuesday, CEO Reed Hastings merely hinted it was coming, saying the company was “working super hard on it”.
“Basically, we’re asking our members to pay a little more to share the service outside of their homes,” said Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer.
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