Many Netflix subscribers have shared their accounts over the years. It’s something that the streaming giant has paid close attention to. Now details have been revealed for the Netflix anti-password sharing plan.
The details were shared via The Streamable. Although the regulations haven’t yet been put into place – they will be soon. In fact, the Netflix Help Center even has a “a page outlining how your account should be shared, and how it shouldn’t.”
Interestingly, they only want Netflix passwords to be shared “only within one household.” As such, the entire Netflix anti-password sharing plan revolves around this. Subscribers are expected to connect to the Wi-Fi at their “primary location” and have their streaming device connect to this Wi-Fi “at least once every 31 days.”
Then, if a user fails to do this, their account will be promptly blocked by Netflix. This will certainly have current subscribers quite upset. Additionally, if a user from outside a subscriber’s “primary location” tries to access the service, “Netflix will prompt users who try to sign into your account elsewhere to sign up for their own account instead and block their access until they do.”
Users may wonder how these guidelines will function if they’re traveling. Well, Netflix thought that out too, but it’s not exactly simple. Apparently anyone who signs into a device outside of their primary location may have “the device in use being blocked from Netflix.” So how do you use this particular device? Well, “users who want to use Netflix on a hotel smart TV, company laptop, etc. can request a temporary code from the service when signing in. This will give them access to their account for seven consecutive days.”
Obviously this means even users at home will still have to sign on every 31 days. Otherwise, of course, their device will be blocked by Netflix. Then users would have to contact Netflix again in order to have the device unblocked. It’s unlikely that any subscriber will be fond of having to do all of this.
So, with that in mind, we’ll have to see how Netflix moves forward with these plans. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for additional updates as we have them.