Netflix Starts Cracking Down on Password Sharing in US

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If you have a Netflix account and share the password with people outside your home, it will now cost you.

The streaming giant began cracking down on password sharing Tuesday for subscribers in the United States.

“Your Netflix account is for you and the people you live with — your household,” the company said in an email to U.S. subscribers.

The message was also posted to the streamer’s blog, and said only people who live under the same roof can continue to share accounts for free.

Otherwise, subscribers who share passwords will have two options: Tell the additional user to transfer their profile to a new membership and start paying for it or add an extra member to your existing account for an additional $7.99 monthly fee.

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The announcement came on the heels of the company’s international efforts to limit password sharing earlier this year.

In February, Netflix reported it had about 230 million subscribers worldwide. According to CNBC, the streamer said over 100 million households share accounts, which hurts its bottom line.

Netflix currently has four plans available to subscribers in the U.S., its website says:

Standard with ads costs $6.99/month.

Basic: $9.99/month allows users to watch on 1 supported device at a time.

Standard: $15.49/month allows users to watch on 2 supported devices at a time (includes option to add 1 extra member who doesn’t live with you for $7.99 a month).

Premium: $19.99/month allows users to watch on 4 supported devices at a time (includes option to add 2 extra members can be added for $7.99 a month each)