Straight off the bat of the news that Spotify is restricting premium accounts for families, making users enter their home address to confirm legitimacy, Netflix delivered some bad news of their own. Yesterday, Netflix announced that it is seeking to limit password sharing.
For most of us, this is really bad news. We are all still scabbing off our ex partner, old housemate or step-dad’s boss’s uncle’s Netflix account to avoid that pesky monthly fee. It may only be $10 a month, but come on, that’s one less beer at the pub each month. Do we really want to give that up?
Alas, that choice is being made for us. Netflix will apparently be monitoring password sharing in the near future. It’s a tricky situation though, because the streaming company has to be very careful not to eliminate a large portion of its users who are legitimately families, sharing passwords on different devices within the home.
When asked about the situation, Netflix’s chief product officer, Greg Peters, suggested that,
“We continue to monitor it so we’re looking at the situation.”
He said, “We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”
Anyway, whatever that means, nothing is happening just yet, so you’re safe for another day. For the 35% of millennials (according to Magid) who have admitted to sharing passwords for streaming services, my advice is to binge as much as possible, while you still can. And, enjoy a $10 bev every month while you still can. You don’t realise what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
These poor people of Twitter understand what I’m talking about.
Whenever my friend is mad at me she changes her Netflix password so I get logged out… that shit is toxic as hell
— ʝυѕтмσ✋ (@Monetdotcom) October 19, 2019
Oh no… Netflix is going to monitor accounts that share passwords. Guess I should log out of my boyfriend’s sister’s roommate’s cousin’s account. #ShowbizTop5
— KiddNation (@KiddNation) October 18, 2019
— Juan Manuel (@arroyo_manuelon) October 10, 2019
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