Netflix’s anti-password sharing will force you to log in once a month — or get blocked
new details netflix Anti-password sharing measures have surfaced online, revealing how the platform plans to crack down on users.
The newly discovered information is available on Netflix’s US Help Center and Confirmed by The Streamable (opens in a new tab) January 31; however, the page has been removed. As of this writing, the Help Center has been reverted to its previous state.Fortunately, it is still possible to return machine (opens in a new tab)a site for taking internet “screenshots” for posterity.
According to reports, “Netflix accounts can still be shared, but only within a household.” Anyone outside your household will not be able to use the account and will be told to create their own.
The platform will also require users to log into their Netflix account over home Wi-Fi, open the app, and watch “at least once every 31 days.” Doing so will register your device as “trusted”. What happens if you don’t log in once a month is unknown, but from the wording, the implication is that your account will be blocked. If this happens to you, you must contact Netflix for assistance.
Things do get a little iffy if you decide to travel.This Rules governing Netflix’s use of identifying information For example “IP address, device ID, and account activity to determine if a device is connected to your primary location.” However, if you “traveled or lived in different places for … an extended period of time” — perhaps more than 31 days — your account could be blocked. If you’re away on vacation, you can ask Netflix for a temporary access code that will allow you to watch content on the platform for “seven consecutive days,” Streamable’s report says.
The number of devices that can be connected to your account depends on your plan. Both Basic With Ads and the Basic plan support only one device. Standard can be connected to two.
Premium, on the other hand, is increasing the number of devices users can connect to from four to six. recent announcement (opens in a new tab). Additionally, premium members will enjoy even more spatial audio content as the platform is expanding the feature to more than 700 of Netflix’s most watched titles, such as Stranger Things.
different rule sets
While Netflix pulls down US page, platform’s rules remain Costa Rica Help Center (opens in a new tab)But they are a little different.
The Costa Rica measure allows Standard and Premium users to add a person who does not live with them to their account in order to get Additional $3 per month (opens in a new tab). The additional member’s account must also be located in the same country as the original account owner. Other than that, the rules are the same, such as needing to log in and use the service every 31 days. So if you’re planning to go to Costa Rica, create an account, and leave, Netflix doesn’t seem to let this go.
The Costa Rican version of the rules likely won’t extend to the U.S. or anywhere else outside of Latin America. The platform does not seem ready to introduce its anti-password sharing measures to a wider audience. We reached out to Netflix to ask when the new rules will roll out in the US (previous reports said March 2023), and will they bear any resemblance to Costa Rica’s measures? This story will be updated if we hear back.
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