Netflix Users May Soon Be Charged A Fee For Sharing Their Passwords
Three countries will take part in the test launch: Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Netflix is about to launch a test in which subscribers will be charged an additional fee for users outside their household.
The test, which is the streamer’s latest attempt to reduce unauthorized password sharing, will first be available in three countries: Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Netflix’s Director of Product Innovation Chengyi Long commented on the new move, saying, “Netflix will allow members who share their accounts with people outside their household to do so easily and securely, while also paying a bit more.” It is unclear whether the test will be conducted in other countries.
Long in a blog posted on Netflix on 16, March, 2022 said “We’ve always made it easy for people who live together to share their Netflix account, with features like separate profiles and multiple streams in our Standard and Premium plans,”
The post further reads, “While these have been hugely popular, they have also created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared. As a result, accounts are being shared between households – impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.
“So for the last year we’ve been working on ways to enable members who share outside their household to do so easily and securely, while also paying a bit more. And over the next few weeks, we’ll launch and test two new features for our members in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru:
“Add an Extra Member:Members on our Standard and Premium plans will be able to add sub accounts for up to two people they don’t live with – each with their own profile, personalized recommendations, login and password – at a lower price: 2,380 CLP in Chile, 2.99 USD in Costa Rica, and 7.9 PEN in Peru;
“Transfer Profile to a New Account:Members on our Basic, Standard, and Premium plans can enable people who share their account to transfer profile information either to a new account or an Extra Member sub account – keeping the viewing history, My List, and personalized recommendations.”
Password sharing is arguably one of the most serious issues for streamers, with multiple attempts proving unsuccessful.
The Netflix terms of service state that a customer’s account “may not be shared with individuals outside your household.”
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