Netflix Reveals First Details About Crackdown On Password Sharing
We all know Netflix is trying to crack down on password sharing – and now new details are emerging on exactly how the streaming giant will do it.
Netflix has updated its FAQ site for countries at the center of the crackdown, including Chile, Costa Rica and Peru. The United States could appear on this list as early as the first quarter, Yahoo! Financial reports. “Later in the first quarter, we plan to begin rolling out paid sharing more widely. Account sharing widespread today (over 100 million households) undermines our long-term ability to invest in and improve Netflix, as well as ‘to grow our business,” Netflix said in its quarterly newsletter. to shareholders at the end of last month.
Sooo… what does this mean to you?
Long story short, you can still share your Netflix password with family and friends and even your ex-boyfriend, but they must live in the same household as the primary account holder (yikes!). How does this work? Each Netflix account will need to determine a “primary household” and all other users (or people with access to the password) will need to log in using that primary household’s Wi-Fi network at least once every 31 days to prevent your account is blocked.
How does Netflix know if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as the primary household? The streaming giant uses information such as your IP address, device ID, and account activity.
If you’re constantly accessing “your” Netflix account from a different Wi-Fi network than your primary household, your account will likely be blocked. The same applies if someone logs in on a device that does not belong to the primary household.
There are, however, ways to circumvent the blockage. The primary account holder has an additional responsibility besides fulfilling the monthly streamer cost – they must verify new devices using a temporary code. This will allow users to watch Netflix for a week straight, even if they are not in the same household. However, it is still unknown how many temporary codes can be distributed at any given time.
May the odds always be in your favor!
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