Netflix Will Ask Subscribers to Pay For Users Outside Their Household

Who doesn’t have Netflix these days? The subscription-based streaming service has already made its way into every home!

Earlier, Netflix has a generous policy of password sharing but it is finally starting to crack down against people who are misusing the policy.

Now, Netflix is about to launch a test that will allow primary account holders to pay an extra cost for users outside their households.

Its a part of the company’s ongoing effort to combat password sharing and a new way to extract money from freeloaders who are relying on other people’s money and subscriptions.

As per Netflix’s existing policy, “a customer’s password may not be shared with individuals beyond their household.”

However, Netflix will now offer customers who share their accounts with others outside their households, the opportunity to pay for up to two extra users in a test that will begin soon in three countries: Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica.

After years of neglecting this issue, the service conducted a limited test last year that required users to submit their account credentials as a tactic to drive the password moochers into paying for their own accounts.

According to Chengyi Long, Netflix’s director of product innovation, customers who share their accounts with people outside their family would be able to do so “simply and securely, while also paying a bit more.” This will be implied in a forthcoming test debuting in three countries – Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.

The cost of adding a sub-member in the test countries is $2.99 USD in Costa Rica, 2380 CLP in Chile, and 7.9 PEN in Peru. 

Country Basic Standard Premium Extra Member
Peru 24.9 PEN 34.9 PEN 44.9 PEN 7.9 PEN
Costa Rica $8.99 USD $12.99 USD $15.99 USD $2.99 USD
Chile 5940 CLP 8320 CLP 10700 CLP 2380 CLP

There’s no guarantee that the option to pay for non-household members will become a permanent part of the service.

Long wrote in the post, “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,”

Netflix is experimenting with allowing members to move user profiles to new accounts, making it easier for password snatchers to pay for their own subscriptions.

Members in the three test countries can allow others to move their profile information to a new account or an Extra Member sub-account, maintaining their watching history, My List, and personalized recommendations information.

Netflix will notify customers who share their accounts outside their households about the additional possibilities in the three test areas over the next few weeks.

Only if a device from outside the home connects to the account may a member be asked to authenticate their account; Netflix may then ask the user to validate the login from the device by providing a verification code.

Netflix has different libraries in different countries; so if you are missing out on some titles like Midwife Season 10 because of your location, you can start using one of the best VPNs for Netflix and get access to your favorite programs instantly!

It’s also worth noting that Netflix’s password-sharing policies only apply to members of a customer’s household, not to the actual boundaries of a home. So it’s fine for a college student to use her parents’ Netflix account. But sharing it with the rest of the hostel isn’t a good idea.

To be precise, this is only a practice run: Rule-breakers in other regions of the world shouldn’t panic just yet. Outside of the three test regions, Netflix may opt not to expand the Extra Member program.

By cracking down against the password moochers, Netflix may see a rise in incremental costs from password-piggybacking consumers. It’s potentially a high return low-risk task for Netflix, given the prevalence of unlawful password-sharing.

Netflix has finally chosen to make some additional money from freeloaders by introducing the new Test in three countries, after years of barely batting an eye on illicit password sharing. However, because this is merely a test, it is possible that it will not be implemented outside of the three countries mentioned above!

Lily Bart

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