Netflix to charge ‘leechers’ or account sharing outside your household

Netflix will begin testing a new, opt-in feature that will require members to pay an additional fee if they share their account with people who are not in their immediate household.

With this new feature, each household will be able to add up to two “sub accounts” for a price that is less than the cost of the full-priced Netflix subscription.

The new option will be trialed in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru before being rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Netflix, however, did not indicate when or whether the feature would take effect to all members.

These are the two (2) new features currently on testing:

  • Add an Extra Member: Members on our 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 – at a lower price: around PhP 156. 
  • Transfer Profile to a New Account: Members on our 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 – keeping the viewing history, My List, and personalized recommendations. 

“We’ll be working to understand the utility of these two features for members in these three countries before making changes anywhere else in the world.”

– Netflix

Netflix noted that the extra members won’t be paying for their accounts separately. The Netflix bill will still be sent to the main account user. If the account holder wants to charge the new fees to their extra members, that is their responsibility to handle and collect.

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