Netflix is beginning to crack down on password sharing as it seeks to expand its revenue. For one, Netflix isn’t outrightly banning password sharing. But the platform is now hunting down accounts that don’t share households by cutting off the loose ends. It’s a location-based ban that compares the locations of each user and blocks out any users who aren’t in the same proximity. The nice aspect is that the streaming platform has tackled the issue of household members being away.
In a statement, the streaming platform said “A Netflix account is for use by one household,” they further continued. “Everyone living in that household can use Netflix wherever they are — at home, on the go, on holiday — and take advantage of new features like Profile Transfer and Manage Access and Devices.”
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A Hike in Price
On the flip side, it costs an extra $7.99 per month to enable password sharing. To put it simply, you or any one of your family, roommate, or friends can use your Netflix if you’re ever out of town. But you have to pay an extra $8 if you want to add another user. That’s almost 50% more than the standard package of $15.49.
Two New Features: Profile Transfer and Manage Access and Devices
Profile Transfer and Manage Access and Devices are two new features that let users transfer a profile to another Netflix account to prevent losing their favourite movies and viewing history. Netflix subscribers can now also allow main users to manage secondary user access to their Netflix account.
Up to 103 countries are affected by the Netflix password-sharing ban. The affected territories include the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia, France, Singapore, Brazil, and Mexico.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Appliances Does the Ban Affect?
The ban seems to affect only TVs for now, but that may soon change and affect mobile devices too.
Why Is There a Password-Sharing Ban?
If you’re thinking “Revenue”, then ding! You’re right. Netflix hopes to discourage users who share their accounts with users who aren’t part of their households by adding a gas fee. Thereby, forcing other account users to pay for their own Netflix subscription. This should also help curb cybersecurity threats amongst others.
Will I Be Able to Access My Account if I Travel?
If you’re recognised as a household member, then you’ll be able to use your Netflix premium account. But if you’re not, then Netflix won’t recognise you as a valid member of the household, and you’ll be asked to purchase a subscription.
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