If you are using a file Netflix To save money, you may want to start making alternative plans to broadcast your favorite shows.
Popular On-demand broadcasting service It has been working for a while to eradicate the ethically questionable practice of sharing passwords.
Its latest policy tests, which were announced in March 2022 and will take effect soon in a few countries, may be a sign of things to come for US-based broadcasters trying to share an account with people outside their homes.
Let’s take a look at what these new policies are and how they could soon affect streaming wallets around the world.
Netflix establishes testing policies that aim to charge for streaming outside the shared home
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Netflix Director of Innovation Chengyi Long announce Two new policy tests will take effect this month.
Both are designed to force users who don’t already live in subscribers’ home to pay for their access to Netflix:
- Add an additional member: Members on our Standard and Premium plan will be able to add sub-accounts for up to two people they don’t live with – each with their own profile, personal recommendations, login and password – at a lower price: 2,380 CLP in Chile, 2.99 USD in Costa Rica, 7.9 Ben in Peru;
- Transferring the profile to a new account: Members on our Basic, Standard, and Premium plans can enable people who share their accounts to transfer profile information to either a new account or a sub-account of an additional member—while keeping viewing history, My List, and custom recommendations.
Users in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru will be the test subjects of these new policies, which could be expanded to the United States if they prove successful in limiting password sharing.
It was long ago revealed in a blog post that the testing policies had been announced that they had been under construction for some time now, tactfully explained by some subscribers having “confusion” about when and how accounts could be shared within and between families. wink wink wink
How this could affect US Netflix players in the near future
At this time, US Netflix subscribers should not see any impact from these announced changes. But if they succeed in the three beta countries, many Americans may have to reconsider how they access Netflix.
Let’s look at some possible scenarios if these policies find their way into the United States.
If you’re using someone else’s Netflix account and plan to stick with it
You may be a candidate for the Add Extra Member Program.
Netflix is taking measures to limit when an account is accessed by a device that is not “inside the home” of a paying subscriber, and one can expect things to get stricter on this front.
As explained above, the Add Extra Member feature will allow a paying subscriber to add up to two people to their approved user list in exchange for paying a little extra each month.
Let’s say you were using a friend’s Netflix login information.
This policy will allow you to continue to have your Netflix profile under their subscription, but you will be able to pay much less than the $10 to $20 per month that Netflix requires for a standalone subscription.
While potential prices for the US are still unknown, the price for testing in Chile is $2.99 per month per person. This seems fair enough to make you become ‘legal’ as a paid account access borrower.
If you’ve cracked things up with ‘Netflix Buddy’ but still want your content
The advertised “move profile to new account” functionality may be useful in the US for a number of reasons.
Netflix designed this policy to allow people who used to live in the same house to separate.
While Netflix mostly wants people to pay for their service, this new policy could be a godsend for users who want to break up with someone they share an account with.
Your relationship with your significant other may have ended, but you’ve spent years creating a Netflix streaming profile at home. Or maybe you two were college roommates with someone, and now it’s time to go home and go live without them.
Under current policies, you may be tempted to “cheat the system” by sharing a password with these people in an effort to keep your cost and watchlist low.
The “move profile to new account” policy may be your way out if you pass a beta test.
It will allow you to resolve your case by doing one of the following:
- Transfer your profile to a new Netflix account and keep your content saved while you start your bill
- Transferring your profile to an existing Netflix account, keeping your content saved while you pay to be one of the Extra Members.
While these new policies have no effect on US Netflix streaming programming today, they are worth watching in the coming weeks and months to see if they gain traction in testing.
Netflix password-sharers are already facing crackdowns on the number of devices allowed to stream from a single account. And with location detection technology becoming more intuitive, it’s reasonable to expect that Netflix will continue to look for anomalies that could indicate that multiple households are using a single account.
So while these policies seem like a potential hindrance on the surface, in the long run, Netflix may simply offer you some new, cost-effective ways to be “above the board” with your content-sharing habits.
And Clark’s team is fine with that. While we love good deals, we also believe in getting them ethically.
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