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With information from Netflix’s support pages, published report Transferable It appeared to confirm details of how to roll out anti-password sharing features in the US and elsewhere. However, Netflix has not yet announced the details of the plan or what it might look like when it goes live this year.

Netflix spokeswoman Kumiko Hidaka said in a statement. Transferable And Verge “Briefly on Tuesday, a Help Center article containing information that only worked for Chile, Costa Rica and Peru was distributed in other countries. We have since updated it.”

We’ve learned that Netflix plans to roll out password sharing more widely in the coming months. Netflix has been testing the program with subscribers in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru since early last year, where users can pay extra for additional users outside the subscriber’s core household.

In the report Transferable He cites this Netflix Help Center page for the source of the information. However, the information included in the article for US customers and which appeared on the Internet Archive yesterday does not match what is listed today. Currently, that information is only available on the pages for the Central and South American test countries.

Hidaka explained in an emailed statement Verge The post appears to be in effect in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru when Netflix rolled out its “Additional Member” offering in March, but not in the US or other countries where it doesn’t exist. As for what’s been confirmed so far, she pointed to Netflix’s earnings release from January, saying, “Later in Q1, we expect to start rolling out paid sharing more broadly.”

The rules on the archived page (and pages for additional member-enabled countries) state that only people in your primary household can use a single Netflix subscription. To use multiple devices with one subscription, Netflix says you and your devices “must be connected to Wi-Fi in your primary location, open the Netflix app or website, and watch something every 31 days.” Family members use it to watch Netflix to avoid device restrictions on “trusted devices” that they can use anywhere.

The archived support page says Netflix can block devices that are “not part of your core environment.”
Image: The Internet Archive/Netflix

A US-centric page we can find today says “people who don’t live in your household must use their own account to watch Netflix.” That’s in contrast to the Costa Rica, Chile and Peru page, which says you need to add an extra member for anyone using it outside of your household. It also uses your IP address, device ID, and account activity to determine when someone else is using your account.

Likewise, the current US support page for what Netflix defines as “family” is significantly different from the pages in Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru. On its US page, the company only defines family as “people who live in the same area as the account owner.” Meanwhile, the three South and Central American countries’ pages provide more detailed information on how to change your primary family, lock your account on devices in different locations, or what causes a device to be banned.

Here’s a hint of what to expect when Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing goes global, and what kind of headaches it could cause for those who want to watch from multiple locations or use a VPN for their own privacy. houses.

But when it comes to how Netflix tries Pushing users in the US or other countries to buy sub-accounts for all the exes, cousins, former roommates, and complete strangers who board our streaming accounts is not ready, to say the least.

Update February 2, 3:37PM ET: Added description from Netflix about updates to the support pages.



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