Netflix’s Password Sharing Crackdown Goes Global: 103 Countries Affected

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The company emphasized that a Netflix account is intended for the account holder and individuals residing in the same dwelling. Consequently, unauthorized users attempting to access an account from a different location will be denied access.

Netflix, the popular streaming giant, has recently taken a firm stance against password sharing by implementing new rules that prohibit subscribers from sharing their login credentials with individuals outside of their households.

While the company aims to safeguard its profits and encourage individual subscriptions, the decision has sparked outrage among users. In this article, we delve deeper into the details of Netflix’s password-sharing crackdown and the subsequent user reactions (Check #CancelNetflix).

The company emphasized the principle that a Netflix account is intended for the account holder and individuals residing in the same dwelling. Consequently, unauthorized users attempting to access an account from a different location will be denied access.

Netflix defines a household as a collection of devices connected to the internet at the primary location where Netflix is watched, typically one’s home. As long as all members accessing the account reside under the same roof, they are allowed to share a single Netflix account. However, individuals who do not meet this criterion will be unable to utilize shared login details.

Under the new policy, Netflix provides an alternative option for those accessing a Netflix account from outside the primary household called “extra members.” Account holders can add individuals who do not reside in their household to their account by paying an additional fee of $7.99 per month. These extra members gain their own Netflix profile, account, and password, enabling them to access Netflix from their own homes. 

According to Netflix’s support document, it will be using methods such as IP address analysis, account activity monitoring, and device ID assessment to determine which devices belong to users inside the same household. While users can manually set their household, Netflix has mechanisms in place to detect discrepancies, such as IP addresses and the wireless networks associated with connected devices.

Email sent by Netflix regarding password sharing (Email screenshot: Waqas/Hackread.com)

Netflix cites the negative impact of password sharing on its profits as the primary reason for the crackdown. With over 100 million households estimated to have accessed Netflix through password sharing, the company has suffered significant revenue losses.

The announcement of the password-sharing ban has triggered a wave of discontent among Netflix users. Some individuals perceive the decision as a form of undue restriction, with Netflix being likened to treating its customers as children. On social media platforms, users have expressed their frustration, and the hashtag “Cancel Netflix” has gained traction, signifying a growing number of dissatisfied subscribers.

The password-sharing ban has been rolled out to 103 countries this week including the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Mexico and Brazil. Last year, this update was rolled out in Peru, Chile and Costa Rica and although the initial enforcement of the password-sharing crackdown may lead to a temporary decline in viewership, historical data from previous crackdowns suggests that many people eventually transitioned to subscribing to their own accounts or being added as extra members to existing accounts. 

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