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Netflix password-sharing crackdown begins in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain

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Following its test in Latin America, Netflix is now bringing its new password-sharing restrictions to Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. Starting February 9, users will have to stop sharing their passwords with users not in their households. Users can add up to two extra sub-accounts if they want to share their Netflix accounts at CAD $7.99, NZD $7.99, €3.99 in Portugal, and €5.99 in Spain.

Other password-sharing restrictions also apply, including setting up your home as the primary location. Additionally, they’re also required to log into their Netflix account on their home network once every 30 days to keep accessing their Netflix account. 

The manage access and devices page will also be available to users in the four aforementioned regions to allow account owners to remotely log out of unwanted devices piggybacking off of their Netflix accounts. Finally, the profile transfer feature will help these piggybacking accounts transition to their own Netflix account without losing any personalised recommendations, viewing history, lists, saved games and other related settings.

Netflix has been working hard to fix its password-sharing problem. While the platform’s terms of service state that account passwords must not be shared with individuals outside households, it’s safe to say that this isn’t adhered to very well in the real world.  

A summary of Netflix’s cheaper, ad-supported plans. | Source: Netflix

The streaming giant is doing everything it can to ensure that the transition to an individual paid account is as smooth for end-users as possible. In addition to the aforementioned restrictions and the ability to transfer profiles to a different account, it has also introduced new pricing plans, including a cheaper $6.99 per month plan with ads. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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