There are two types of people, those with a Netflix account, and those who leech off a mate. However, Netflix will soon be cracking down on ‘freeloaders’.
Netflix has revealed they are cracking down on what they refer to as “illicit-password sharing”, which is also known as letting your mate use your Netflix account.
Rolling out in Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and soon other parts of the US, Netflix will begin testing a feature that will allow account holders to add additional members outside of their household to their account for an extra charge.
The company states that ‘freeloading customers’ were costing the streaming giant money that could be spent on commissioning more TV shows and movies, thus enriching the service for users.
Netflix notes that the extra fee users will incur for adding additional members is still significantly cheaper than an individual subscription per user.
For example, The extra cost is 2,380 CLP ($2.98 USD) in Chile, $2.99 USD in Costa Rica, and 7.9 PEN ($2.11 USD) in Peru. Compared to a new membership costing from $9.99 and $19.99 a month in the US.
Additionally, these two extra members will be able to have their own profiles, personalised recommendations, login and password - so you can watch the same show as a mate without losing which episode you were up to.
Fortunately for Aussies, it doesn’t look like the move will be rolling out for us straight away, so freeloaders, you have a bit more time before you need to crack out the credit card.