Netflix’s ‘test’ pushes password users to get their own accounts


The days of Netflix taking a lax stance on password sharing may be coming to an end. In a test spotted by The Streamable, the company has started sending a notification that prompts people to sign up for the service if it detects that they are not in the same household as the primary account holder.

“If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to continue watching,” the notification reads. It then asks them to verify their identity by entering a code that Netflix sends to the email address or phone number associated with the account. Of the society Terms of use prohibit sharing of access to the platform outside of a single household.

It’s worth pointing out that the trial may have more to do with securing accounts than preventing friends and families from saving money, at least that’s what Netflix suggests. “This test is to ensure that people using Netflix accounts are allowed to do so,” a company spokesperson said. CNBC.

Historically, the only significant step Netflix has taken against account sharing is to set limits on simultaneous streams. For example, with the company’s basic $ 9 per month plan, you can only stream to one device at a time, while the $ 18 premium membership allows you to watch up to four devices simultaneously.

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