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  • Netflix will ask for extra money for sharing your account.
  • The Company is planning to pause the password sharing option and will add charges to extra account usage.
  • The user will have to use the code for verifying the new devices.

The days of sharing Netflix passwords could soon be over. The streaming company has begun testing a new feature that would charge people to add multiple profiles to an account.

In a statement, Chengyi Long, Netflix’s director of product innovation, said Netflix has “always made it easy for people who live together to share their Netflix account”, allowing people to create separate profiles on a single subscription. But, “accounts share between households – impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.” The scheme is being trialed in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru. It is unclear if and when the feature will be rolled out in other countries.

Earlier, the company introduced two-step verification, a more subtle way to curb password sharing. But the new charge to subscribers will be the company’s strictest crackdown on the practice yet. From the last year, they have been working on ways to enable members, who share passwords outside their household to do so easily and securely, while also paying a bit more. And over the next few weeks, they will launch and test two new features for their members in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru:

Netflix will ask for extra money for sharing your account

  • Add an Extra Member: Members on Standard and Premium plans will be able to add sub-accounts for up to two people they don’t live with – each with their own profile, personalized recommendations, login, and password – at a lower price: 2,380 CLP in Chile, 2.99 USD in Costa Rica, and 7.9 PEN in Peru;
  • Transfer Profile to a New Account: Members on Basic, Standard, and Premium plans can enable people who share their account to transfer profile information either to a new account or an Extra Member sub-account – keeping the viewing history, My List, and personalized recommendations.

Netflix has also been competing with new streaming platforms that debuted over the last few years, like Disney+ and HBO Max, though it still remains the most popular streaming platform. Analysts have said that streaming platforms, including Netflix, have been keeping their prices low to entice new subscribers, though the prices we see now may not last for long.

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