Netflix reveals plan to stop password sharing amongst users

In this photo illustration the Netflix logo seen displayed on a mobile phone and on a PC screen
In this photo illustration the Netflix logo seen displayed on a mobile phone and on a PC screen Photo credit SOPA Images

We all knew it was coming; in 2023, Netflix plans to eliminate password sharing amongst users once and for all.

The streaming service recently outlined its plans to stop the practice, which they hope, according to The Streamable, will “bring a new infusion of revenue to the company.”

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Netflix wrote in an updated FAQ:

To ensure uninterrupted access to Netflix, connect to the Wi-Fi at your primary location, open the Netflix app or website, and watch something at least once every 31 days. This creates a trusted device so you can watch Netflix, even when you’re away from your primary location.

Netflix will prompt users who try to sign into your account elsewhere to sign up for their own account instead and block their access until they do.

So basically, if you’re using someone else’s Netflix account, every 31 days you’re going to need to log onto their WiFi with whatever device you use to watch Netflix, or the account will be locked.

If you live down the street from them and watch Netflix on your phone, that can be manageable.

But if you live across the country from that person or have Netflix signed onto your TV, that might be more of a problem.

If you travel a lot and like to watch Netflix on the road, users can request a temporary code from the service when signing in, which will give you access to your account for seven consecutive days.

These password-sharing preventative measures should come into effect by the end of March.

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