Netflix has long worked to crack down on password sharing in the United States, and now it has introduced a new fee for sharing your account with someone who lives outside of your household.
Individual accounts matter to Netflix as they do to every other company. That’s why they’re cracking down on these accounts that share passwords with users outside of the family.
Starting today, Netflix is sending emails to users who share their account passwords with people outside their home. The company states in the letter that everyone in that “household” can use Netflix whenever they want, even on vacation.
Netflix specifically calls for Netflix access when using a hotel TV, for example. The company does not consider this to be a password exchange, as it is set by households.
However, there are ways to share Netflix outside of the household. The company outlines two very different paths.
- Buy an additional memberYou can share your Netflix account with someone who doesn’t live with you for $7.99 more per month.
- Transfer profileAnyone on your account can transfer the profile to a new paid membership.
- Add an additional member. In many countries, Standard or Premium plan account holders can share Netflix with someone who doesn’t live with them by adding an additional member to their account.
- The account holder must purchase an additional member’s slot and then invite an additional member to use the additional member’s slot.
- Additional membership must be activated in the same country where the account holder created their account.
- Additional members cannot be added to Netflix bundles or third-party accounts.
- Additional members cannot be added to ad-supported plans.
Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing is expected to begin in the US in the second quarter of this year. However, Netflix’s email did not specify when exactly the crackdown would begin.