Netflix Testing Ability To Purchase Additional ‘Homes’ Amid Password Sharing Crackdown

Netflix’s password-sharing Crackdown is continuing apace. The streaming giant is currently asking customers in five more countries to pay up if they share their login information with people outside of their home.

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First reported by Bloomberg, customers in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic are being asked to pay a fee for regularly using their account outside of their home. However, this will not affect the use of Netflix on mobile devices.

The price of adding a home to your account varies, but is no more than $2.99 ​​USD in any of the affected countries. Netflix says more than 100 million households are using shared accounts, and that password sharing is particularly high in Latin America.

Netflix has been cracking down on password sharing for a while. In March, the company announced plans to test a similar system in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, where users would have to pay for viewers who don’t live in the same household. Last year, Netflix introduced a verification system in some countries that came with a warning that said, “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”

It’s been somewhat of a turbulent time for the streaming giant. The service is losing subscribers, leading to Netflix’s shares plummeting to their lowest point since 2018. Following this, Netflix laid off around 150 employees. And, if you eventually need to subscribe to your own account, it will be pricier than before, as Netflix implemented its sixth price hike since 2014 earlier this year.

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However, Netflix is ​​also experiencing some wins. Last year’s hit Squid Game was the biggest series launch ever for Netflix, and Stranger Things recently surpassed a billion hours of watch time.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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