Netflix: Pay Up If You Want To Share Your Account With Others

For now, subscribers living in four countries will have to start paying if they let other people not living under the same house use the account.
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Last week, the giant streaming service company revealed rules on how to share your account properly and what other users need to do if they want to watch on their devices. Extra users not living under the same household as the primary account holder will have to get their devices verified periodically by getting a verification code from the account holder.

But when we tried to go back to that article that Netflix posted last week, it’s now gone and it seems they have replaced the previously announced rules with this one.

(credit: Netflix)

Yesterday, Netflix announced a new rule on account sharing. Starting yesterday, people living in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain will have to start paying an additional fee if they are sharing their account with other users who do not live under the same roof as them.

Subscribers in the specified countries will need to establish a primary location so that members of the same household can access the account.

(credit: Netflix)

Subscribers of Standard or Premium plan can add an extra member sub account for up to two people they don’t live with for an extra CAD$7.99 (RM25.70) a month per person in Canada, NZD$7.99 (RM21.85) in New Zealand, Euro 3.99 (RM18.50) in Portugal, and Euro 5.99 (RM27.80) in Spain. 

This is what it looks like if they don’t pay up. A Reddit user, u/apersonthingy, living in the Canada posted this on Reddit one day ago.

(credit: u/apersonthingy )

Netflix said:

Today, over 100 million households are sharing accounts, impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films. 

So over the last year, we’ve been exploring different approaches to address this issue in Latin America, and we’re now ready to roll them out more broadly in the coming months.

The company said this extra member fee will not be available in all countries. We don’t know whether it will eventually arrives in Malaysia, but Netflix did say that they are planning to roll these new rules out worldwide before the end of March 2023. So, for now you can still enjoy being an extra member for free.

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