If you’re that one person who pays for everyone else’s Netflix account, then we might have some good news for you, as the streamer giant is testing out a feature that would end password sharing across different households.
Over recent weeks, users have been receiving pop-ups on their screens reading, ‘If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.’ Users were then asked to verify they own the account through an email or text code.
If they fail this step, they’re then offered a 30-day free trial, and asked to set up their own account. To clarify, Netflix does specify that passwords shouldn’t be shared ‘with individuals beyond your household’.
‘During your Netflix membership we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access the Netflix service and view Netflix content.’
This comes after Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings said, ‘Password sharing is something you have to learn to live with, because there’s so much legitimate password sharing, like you sharing with your spouse, with your kids, so there’s no bright line, and we’re doing fine as is.’
This will come as disappointing news to all those who have managed to bag a free Netflix for years, but a sigh of relief for others.