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End of party? Netflix testing ways to stop users from sharing passwords with friends, family

As per reports, Netflix is testing a new feature that might stop users from sharing passwords in the future.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 12, 2021 | Updated 10:49 IST

Highlights

  • Netflix is testing a new feature that might stop users from sharing passwords in the future.
  • The report suggests that a small group of users received a warning on the app to verify whether they are using their own Netflix account or not
  • The feature is currently being tested on TV devices at the moment.

Sharing Netflix password among friends and family is pretty common. We all share passwords to divide the subscription cost but the streaming app does not seem to approve of it. As per reports, Netflix is testing a new feature that might stop users from sharing passwords in the future. While this might be a good move for the company, Netflix could also lose out on a lot of subscribers due to its high subscription costs.

As per Gammawire, Netflix is rolling out a test that would warn users who are sharing account login information from users outside of their home or family. The report suggests that a small group of users received a warning on the app to verify whether they are using their own Netflix account or not. So for instance, if you are using your friend's account, you will have to text your friend for the verification code that will be sent to the number of the account holder. Make sure you only borrow the account of people who are in touch with you because asking them to forward the code could be a task if you are not on great terms anymore.

The pop-up that was spotted by users read, "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching." The users also get the "Verify Later" option if they do not have immediate access to the verification code. If the user fails to get the code, he can also set up a new account but that would, of course, require money.

Commenting on the test, Netflix told IGN, "This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so." The feature is currently being tested on TV devices at the moment. It is also being tested in only a few countries so there is no confirmation whether Netflix is toying with the idea of a global rollout.

On a related note, Netflix is testing a mobile plan for Rs 299 in India. The plan is mobile-only and would allow users to watch movies and web series on their phones. Netflix's website has listed the plan as a Mobile Plus plan and notes that users can access the streaming service on a phone, a tablet, or a laptop. The plan is currently being tested and not has been rolled out officially.

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