Netflix Is Getting Ready To Limit Password Sharing

Netflix password sharing is so common that there’s a good chance you’re not the one paying for the account you’re using right now. Netflix knows you’re doing it, though, and it wants you to stop, dangit. Netflix is now testing measures to limit password sharing, and some users are beginning to notice, according to a report from The Streamable.

The streaming giant is now prompting some people to sign up for a separate account if they’re watching on a connection different from that of the subscriber, the site reports. The message says, “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”

Netflix has typically been quiet about the practice of password sharing. The company has data on every account, every profile, and every IP address that accesses its service, so they know what we’re doing when we lend that password out. It’s unclear how Netflix decides a given stream is unauthorized. The terms of service only disallow password sharing “with individuals beyond your household.” Even a small family with two parents and a teenager can already include three mobile phones and a couple of laptops that might connect at home, work, and school. With viewers so mobile, it will be interesting to see whether Netflix can manage this without becoming overly draconian.

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