Netflix today said that it will soon test launch an extra payment requirement for Netflix users that share their Netflix account with viewers outside of their households. This is a commonly known practice among many Netflix viewers. The streaming service says this impacts its ability to “invest in great new TV and films for our members.”
So for the last year we’ve been working on ways to enable members who share outside their household to do so easily and securely, while also paying a bit more. And over the next few weeks, we’ll launch and test two new features for our members in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru:
- Add an Extra Member: Members on our Standard and Premium plans will be able to add sub accounts for up to two people they don’t live with – each with their own profile, personalized recommendations, login and password – at a lower price: 2,380 CLP in Chile, 2.99 USD in Costa Rica, and 7.9 PEN in Peru;
- Transfer Profile to a New Account: Members on our Basic, Standard, and Premium plans can enable people who share their account to transfer profile information either to a new account or an Extra Member sub account – keeping the viewing history, My List, and personalized recommendations.
We recognize that people have many entertainment choices, so we want to ensure any new features are flexible and useful for members, whose subscriptions fund all our great TV and films. We’ll be working to understand the utility of these two features for members in these three countries before making changes anywhere else in the world.
Netflix says it will be working to “understand the utility of these two features” in Peru, Chile, and Costa Rica before making changes in other countries. Until now, Netflix has ignored password sharing.