Netflix is testing a way to crack down on password sharing.
The popular streaming service uses pop-ups to ask some users to verify their account by email or text, or to “check later”. “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your account to keep watching,” reads the screen, according to Streamable.com, which first reported the test.
The test comes as streaming services proliferate and more and more people are sharing passwords and services. Netflix confirmed the test, but didn’t say how many people were on the test or if it was just in the US or elsewhere.
“This test is designed to ensure that people using Netflix accounts are allowed to do so,” the company said in a statement.
On the simplest plan, which costs $ 9 monthly, users can only stream to one screen at a time. The most popular plan, which now costs $ 14 monthly, allows for two simultaneous streams; the $ 18 premium plan allows for 3. But there’s never been a limit to sharing an account when you’re not streaming at the same time.
The competition has definitely heated up in entertainment streaming, with recent entrants in the running from Disney + in 2019 at Paramount + most recently. However, Netflix remains the one to beat with over 200 million subscribers globally.
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- Netflix confirmed the test, but didn’t say how many people were on the test or if it was just in the U.S. or elsewhere.This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are allowed to do so, the company said. in With the simpler plan, which costs 9 monthly, users can only stream to one screen at a time.
- Netflix tests a possible crackdown on password sharing