Netflix tests feature which could lead to a crackdown on password sharing

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Watch: Netflix looks at password-sharing crackdown

Netflix is testing out a new feature which could lead to a crackdown on users sharing their passwords.

It comes four years after its CEO Reed Hastings said that the company had “no plans” on any type of clampdown.

But some viewers have reported being met with a screen reading: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”

Viewers are reportedly given the option to verify their identity through a code sent to the account’s owner, or can choose to complete the process later.


Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Netflix logoREUTERS
Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Netflix logoREUTERS

In a statement, Netflix said: “This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorised to do so.”

The content platform previously said it was comfortable with users sharing their passwords.

Mr Hastings had 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.”

According to the Netflix terms of service, account details should “not be shared with individuals beyond your household”.

In the UK, a monthly subscription ranges in cost from £5.99 to £13.99, depending on the package.

In January the company, boosted by months of lockdown, revealed it had more than 203 million subscribers, making it the world’s leading streaming service.

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