Netflix to Crack Down on Sharing Passwords
Are you using someone's Netflix password? Does that person live outside your home? If so, Netflix could try to stop you from continuing in the future.
According to a report from Reuters, Netflix is testing a new feature that has been asking some viewers to verify that they live in the same household. Users can either confirm or delay verification and keep watching Netflix.
According to Reuters, Netflix often tests new features and this could lead to future clampdowns by Netflix.
Viewers can delay the verification and keep watching Netflix. The message may reappear when they open Netflix again, and eventually they could be required to open a new account to continue streaming.
"This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so," a Netflix spokesperson said.
Netflix, the world's largest streaming service, constantly tests new features with users and it is unclear if the household verification requirement will be implemented more widely.
The Netflix terms of service say that users of an account must live in the same household, though the company and other streaming services have declined to broadly crack down on sharing.
It would be interesting to see just how many people share passwords with family and friends outside of their home. As Netflix has become more expensive and other streaming platforms have come online, there have been some customers who have watched Netflix less and less.
The move by Netflix could also trigger other platforms to cutdown on passwords being shared by those living outside subscribers' homes.