Netflix testing feature to crack down on password sharing

Mar 15 2021, 7:36 am

It’s not looking great for Netflix users who are still using their ex’s passwords.

The streaming company has been testing its household verification, a feature that could put an end to using passwords from someone outside the same address, effectively forcing users to buy a subscription.

Netflix is the world’s largest streaming service, with over 200 million subscribers around the globe. The company says it tests new features regularly, and it’s unclear whether the household verification will be implemented permanently.

In an email with Daily Hive, a Netflix spokesperson says the “test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.ā€

In Canada, Netflix’s basic plan is $9.99 a month, allowing users to watch one screen at the same time under the same account. The standard plan is $14.99 a month and allows to watch the service on two screens at the same time. The premium plan is $18.99 a month, allows for four screens at once, as well as HD and Ultra HD options.

No plans offer multi-address sharing.

“We continually test various aspects of our service, including our website, user interfaces, promotional features and availability of Netflix content,” reads the service’s terms and conditions.

Netflix says the “Account Owner” should maintain control over the Netflix-ready devices that are used to access the service and “not reveal the password or details of the payment method associated with the account to anyone.”

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