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Netflix will charge $7.99 for password-sharing in US, £4.99 in UK

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The Netflix password-sharing crackdown has come to the US. If you have the Standard plan (costing $15.49 a month), you’re going to have to pay an extra $7.99 monthly for one extra member outside of your household. Premium package subscribers can add up to two extra members, for $7.99 each and the Basic and Standard with Ads plan members don’t get an option to add extra members at all. 

US subscribers will start receiving emails about the new password-sharing policies soon asking them to either pay up or have the additional members kicked from the account starting May 23. Features like Transfer Profile and Manage Access and Devices will also be available. Last but not least, additional members are currently unavailable for members billed through the streaming platform’s partners. 

These new rules aren’t rolling out in the US alone. The UK is also getting these restrictions with £4.99 payable extra for additional members outside your household. According to Netflix, your household is determined by where you watch Netflix on a TV and the IP address that the device uses. You can, however, reset this location using the app on a TV or a device connected to said TV by confirming or updating your household location via a verification link. 

The new password-sharing rules were originally expected to arrive in the US at the beginning of 2023 but the plan was postponed in April. These password-sharing rules are slowly being rolled out to subscribers around the world, with countries including Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain already seeing the new plans being implemented in February 2023. 

Initially, when the new policy was announced in 2022, Netflix chose to experiment in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic for nearly two weeks. Chile, Costa Rica and Peru also saw the new model being tested as early as March 2022, so the crackdown has been a long time coming by this point. 

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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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