Netflix has been announcing for a while now that it will prevent account sharing. But what will actually happen if you do not respect the rule?
Some watch Netflix series for their handsome kids. Others rather for its psychopaths or for its poignant dramas. But many come together to practice password sharing to log in. Netflix estimates their number at approximately 100 million householdson its 223 million subscribers.
To avoid this shortfall, the streaming platform unveiled new rules on January 31 concerning its accounts, which are sometimes used by 5 different people. The company recalls that a “Netflix account is for people who live together in the same household”.
If you communicated your codes to a loved one who does not live under your roof, or if you took advantage of those of a friend with whom you do not live, things should therefore change now. Rumors mentioned the possibility of a direct debit in the event of non-compliance with this rule, but this will not be the case. The device allowing you to watch your films and series could however be blocked.
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How will Netflix block account sharing?
netflix will use IP addresses, device ID and account activity from devices connected to the Netflix account to find out who belongs to the same household. “Devices that identify themselves to Netflix without being associated with your primary address may be blocked”. To avoid being blocked, you will therefore have to connect to the Wi-Fi network of your house or apartmentand watch content every 31 days, minimum.
If you are not at home, you will still be able to watch your programs. If you are the account holder, you will likely not have no need to check your device. The other members of the household will be invited to do so regularly. A personal code will be communicated by Netflix and use within 15 minutes.
Will this be set up as shown? Will the process allow Netflix to recover subscribers? The future will tell.