Sharing Netflix Account? You May Need To Pay Extra Money To Netflix Now!
Netflix has become too expensive so it isn’t shocking that many of the streaming service’s customers share their accounts with other people. As per some estimates, 15% of Netflix streamers are actually using a friend’s password to watch the latest movies, TV shows and documentaries on Netflix. The company has recently been taking steps to clamp down on accounts shared outside of a single household, and now it looks like this free ride is coming to an end.
Netflix’s new features
Right now, Netflix is testing some new features in Peru, Chile, and Costa Rica and it seems as though these features may become the official way to share your Netflix account with friends and relatives. The feature, “Add an Extra Member” allows you to add up to two additional accounts to your main Netflix account and calculates a reduced monthly price.
These aren’t like normal profiles — each account has its own login, password, and recommendations. The price range could be between $2 or $3 of added price per account depending on the region. The second feature allows you to transfer your info from a profile to either a full account or one of its new sub-accounts. This allows customers to move to an independent paid profile without having to lose the access to their recommendations.
Both of these new features will make it easier for users to move to an account that they are going to pay for. This move is probably in preparation of a stricter crackdown on shared logins/passwords.
About a year ago, a screen started appearing post-login for some users telling them that they needed to live with the account owner to use the service. These new region-locked features are probably not going to make much of a difference in helping the current situation; it might just be the first step to further restricting access to the streaming service’s content through shared logins in the next months.
Sharing passwords was never allowed
Sharing passwords was always against Netflix’s terms of service — precisely against section 4.2 — however, the company has never been serious about enforcing it. This might change soon.