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Netflix announced this Tuesday, January 31, new rules to prevent the sharing of passwords between users who do not live under the same roof.
CULTURE – A Netflix account is shared within the same household. And that’s all. The streaming platform presented this Tuesday, January 31, its new rules to put an end to password sharing between five (and sometimes more) users. A new system to be implemented at the end of the first quarter of 2023.
The rule enacted by Netflix and detailed on its site is as follows: “Anyone who is a member of your household, that is to say who lives with you and therefore shares your main address, can use your Netflix account. » In other words, you will no longer be able to share your account with your friends or family members for free if they do not live with you.
Contacted by The HuffPost, Netflix confirms that this information, translated from tests carried out in several South American countries, was put online in error. But the contours should be substantially the same when these new rules are deployed, planned in France at the end of the first quarter of 2023.
But how do you continue to share your account with loved ones outside your household or to watch Netflix on the go? The HuffPost explains everything point by point below.
- Connect to home Wi-Fi to avoid blockages
If you try to escape this new rule and still share your password outside your home, the platform announces the color: “ Devices that identify themselves to Netflix without being associated with your primary address may be blocked. »
To protect against any blocking, Netflix specifies that members associated with the main account must connect to the home Wi-Fi network and watch at least one content every 31 days.
- A temporary code if you are going on a trip
But what if you’re traveling and still want to watch movies? To take advantage of your subscription away from home, you will now have to request Netflix to obtain a temporary code so that you can continue to watch films and series. This new password will be effective for seven consecutive days.
- Pay extra to share your account outside the home
In a previous press release ten days ago, Netflix explained that sharing its account with external users will still be possible, but it will no longer be free. Indeed, the platform indicates that users will be able to pay a supplement if they still wish to share their account with a person who does not live under the same roof.
- Checks carried out
In order to identify fraud, the streaming platform will geolocate each connection via its IP address. And for offenders, apart from the blocking of accounts, no financial penalty is currently provided: “Netflix will not automatically charge a fee”specifies (gracefully) the site.
Netflix estimates that the practice of account sharing now extends to more than 100 million households worldwide. And Greg Peters, the platform’s new co-CEO, already knows that ” not going to be a universally popular decision “, as he told Agence France Presse. He even thinks that Netflix will experience a wave of terminations after the deployment of this measure. A lesser evil according to him before it can bear fruit for Netflix’s income.
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