Netflix announces when it will crack down on users sharing passwords – and how much it will cost you

Netflix has revealed plans to crack down on users sharing passwords next year. The main streaming platform will ask subscribers to pay more to add additional members who don’t live with them.

It comes after the streaming service raised its prices for subscribers in the UK and Ireland for the second time in less than 18 months. The most popular plan has dropped from £9.99 to £10.99.

The streaming giant is already testing additional fees for additional users on an account in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru. Users who share passwords have to pay around £2/$2.70 on top of their monthly subscription.

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Additional charges will be rolled out in other countries, including the United States, over the next 12 months, according to the tech giant during its first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. It will then be deployed more widely, The Sun reports.

“Frankly, we’ve been working on this for about two years…just over a year ago we started doing some light test runs that…informed our thinking and helped us build the mechanics that we’re rolling out now,” explained Greg Peters, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer.

“We have just done the first tests of large countries, but it will take some time to solve this problem and find the right balance.

Bill payers will be able to add sub-accounts for up to two viewers who live elsewhere without breaking the rules.

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