The streaming service Netflix has clarified the terms of sharing accounts for viewers in the US. This is reported by The Verge.
Owners of the $15.49/month Netflix Standard plan will be able to add one additional user. For an additional fee of $7.99 per month, they will be able to use the service outside of the account holder. Anyone who pays for the Netflix Premium package with 4K streaming has the option to add up to two additional members, but each one will still cost an additional $7.99.
The US is not the only country where the company is introducing new rules for these packages. For example, in the UK, Netflix will charge £4.99 per month for additional slots.
But subscribers to the two cheapest Netflix tariff plans (Basic or Standard with advertising, which cost $9.99 and $6.99 per month, respectively) will not have the opportunity to add additional users to their account at all.
U.S. Netflix subscribers who use the service outside their family will receive an email about the company’s password-sharing policy starting Tuesday.
Under the new rules, “additional members” will have their own password and profile paid for by the person who invited them to join. Additional member accounts will also have their own limitations. They must be activated in the same country, they can only view or download content on one device at a time, and they cannot create additional profiles or sign in as children.
“We use information such as IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity to determine whether a device signed into your account is part of your Netflix Household. We do not collect GPS data to try to determine the precise physical location of your devices. If a Netflix Household hasn’t been set, we will automatically set one for you based on IP address, device IDs, and account activity,” Netflix explained.
It was previously reported that Netflix in the second quarter of 2023 would start rolling out a sharing plan, particularly in the US, to turn borrowers of other people’s passwords into revenue-generating subscribers. According to the co-chairman of the board of the American provider of media services, Greg Peters, the corresponding program will debut in the vast majority of countries where Netflix offers its services. The cost of paid sharing will depend on the market.