Sharing accounts with people who don’t live in the same household is actually illegal under Netflix’s terms of service, but the company has never been too strict about enforcing this rule. Netflix is concerned that this is affecting sales, so the streaming service provider has long sought ways to limit it.
In fact, some Latin American countries already restrict Netflix account sharing. More countries will be included in early 2023, according to a shareholder letter. It is not yet clear whether Germany will be there as well, but we continue to collect all known information so far about the measures to be taken for you.
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This is how it currently works in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru
Sharing of account data in South American countries has been restricted for months. Netflix customers can choose between two options:
- Add additional member: Customers with a Standard or Premium subscription can add up to two people who do not live in the same household. They then have their own personal recommendations and login details. For each person added, an additional 2,389 CLP is paid, ie the equivalent of € 2.49.
- Transfer profile to a new account: Customers with a Basic, Standard, or Premium plan can give people with whom they share the account the ability to migrate their profile information to an entirely new account. They then keep their histories, lists, and personal recommendations.
Expect Netflix to adopt these two options in other countries as well. Official account sharing is probably only possible via standard or premium, as customers of the basic subscription have not been able to add additional members so far.
We can also assume that the basic subscription with ads starting in November will not have the option to add additional members. If you want to know more about the ad-funded subscription, have a look here:
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Another method tried in Argentina
A different method of restricting account sharing was tested in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. supposedly had
Add Home-Feature introduced.
Customers had more choices
at home to the account, which is equivalent to about $2.99 per new home. Customers with Basic can buy another home…