Netflix, one of the popular streaming video services, has announced it will soon limit users ‘ password sharing with family and friends.
A basic plan is now costing $8.99 a month and the user can stream at a time on just one computer. A standard account costs $12.99 and allows users to watch simultaneously on two screens, whereas a premium plan costs $15.99 a month and allows one-account users to watch up to four screens.
Talking at last week’s Q3 2019 Netflix earnings conference, marketing manager Greg Peters said Netflix aims to fix password sharing without ‘ alienting a certain portion of [ its ] user base. ‘
The streaming service already limits the number of devices that can stream from one account, and users can currently share accounts to some extent, but by setting up individual profiles they are required to limit themselves to one household.
Netflix did not reveal how it would monitor the sharing of passwords, but as per the report company, it could look at limiting IP addresses, which could be a problem for families living apart.
Netflix’s terms and conditions currently state: “The Netflix service and any content viewed through the service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”
“We continue to monitor it so we’re looking at the situation and we’ll see [whether there are] consumer-friendly ways to push on the edge of that but I think we’ve got no big plans to announce at this point in time of doing something differently there.”Peters said in the interview.