Streaming giant Netflix announce crackdown on password sharing

Friday, March 12

By Ciarán Mather

The recent news that Netflix will be cracking down on password sharing has come as both a relief and a shock to many of its users.

On one hand, it should mean that no more exes or friends you have fallen out with will be able to use your account if you shared your login details with them.

However, on the other hand, it's not so good for your current partner and/or family and friends you may share your account with.

Speaking on its decision, a Netflix spokesperson told the website Insider that the upcoming test was 'designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.'

The streaming service giant also said that it has started testing a new prompt when customers attempt to use a Netflix account that belongs to someone outside their household.

It reads: 'If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.'

Following this, users will then be directed to either verify the account with a text or email code or start their own free 30-day trial. 

At present, the feature is being tested only on TV versions of the app.

Many online had some strong opinions about the change:

Previously, in 2016, Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings said that password sharing was 'something you have to learn to live with,' but over the past five years, that has been increased efforts to clamp down on the practice.

It should be noted that while the service limits the number of devices on which you can simultaneously stream its content, which is dependent upon one's subscription tier, the average account can have up to five different profiles featured on it.