After testing its anti-sharing features in a handful of countries, Netflix is now expanding the initiative to the United States and more than 100 other countries. Extra members cost $7.99/month.
Among the features that Netflix has experimented with the following are rolling out in the US and internationally:
Check who's using your Netflix: Review which devices are signed in to your account. Sign out of devices that shouldn't have access.
Transfer af profile: Anyone on your account can transfer a profile (including recommendations, viewing history, My list, saved games, settings) to a new membership that they pay for.
Buy an extra member: You can share your Netflix account with someone who doesn't live with you for $7.99/month more.
The streaming service said that you can only buy an extra member if you use direct billing. It is also only possible with a Standard or Premium account – not the Basic account or any account with ads.
Extra members must use Netflix in the same country as the account holder. They get a separate login and the same features (4K etc.) as the account holder.
If a device shares an account for a longer period of time without paying, the device may be blocked.
Rolling out nowNetflix has started rolling out the anti-sharing features and will start to inform subscribers via email this week.
- "Starting today, we will be sending this email to members who are sharing Netflix outside their household in the United States. A Netflix account is for use by one household. Everyone living in that household can use Netflix wherever they are — at home, on the go, on holiday — and take advantage of new features like Transfer Profile and Manage Access and Devices," the company said.
Netflix added that the crackdown will help it invest in more movies and shows.
The company has previously estimated that more than 100 million households worldwide share a Netflix account.
The email from Netflix FlatpanelsHD