Netflix is cracking down on the widespread practice of password sharing between people who live in different households by prompting them to pay an extra fee.
According to the streaming giant, they are testing a new add-on option for customers that lets people “easily and securely” share their password with people outside of their house.
In a blog post, Chengyi Long, director of product innovation, said, “While these [household plans] have been hugely popular, they have also created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared. As a result, accounts are being shared between households—impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.”
Netflix will be testing these two features for members in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru:
- Add an extra member: Members on Standard and Premium plans will be able to add sub accounts for up to two people they don’t live with—each with their own profile, personalized recommendations, login, and password—for 2380 CLP in Chile, $2.99 in Costa Rica, and 7.9 PEN in Peru.
- Transfer profile to a new account: Members on Basic, Standard, and Premium plans can enable people who share their account to transfer profile information either to a new account or an Extra Member sub account. This means that if you share a Netflix password with someone outside of your home, you would be able to export your viewing history, personalized recommendations, and My List.