Everyone knows that sharing Netflix passwords is very common. Sometimes multiple people share the same subscription not only across different devices but across households.
According to an announcement made by Netflix, it looks like the streaming giant may soon charge users for doing just that.
Netflix states that it will be testing two new features in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru which will change how passwords are shared between accounts. There will be an option to add as many as two people to “sub-accounts” at a monthly fee of US$2 to US$3 (RM8 to RM13).
It will also allow people already sharing accounts to transfer profiles and view history information to new sub-accounts.
While Netflix hasn’t explicitly mentioned it, these new “features” may later come to all other regions as well.
“We’ll be working to understand the utility of these two features for members in these three countries before making changes anywhere else in the world,” stated Chengyi Long, Director of Product Innovation on its website.
“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. 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,” the post mentioned.
In case you didn’t know, Netflix uses IP addresses, device IDs and account activity from devices to detect where a user is based.