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Netflix announced last week that it is testing a way to charge users for sharing their accounts with people outside their household. The streaming platform wants to make some extra money from those who share their passwords, and the reasoning it gave is that account sharing affects the company’s ability to invest in new projects. We’re not sure why it took Netflix so long to realize this and make account sharing paid. Since the start of the service, people have been sharing their Netflix passwords with family members and friends. Sadly, those days may be coming to an end, with the paid account sharing feature in certain countries.
So we asked our readers what they think of Netflix’s plan. Here’s how they voted in our poll.
Are you okay with Netflix charging extra for password sharing?
The results of our poll on paid-sharing Netflix accounts are completely one-sided. 87% of more than 2,700 voters said they were absolutely against the idea of Netflix charging more for account and password sharing. Meanwhile, a small percentage (13%) of respondents voted to say they’re okay with paying Netflix a little more for sharing their accounts with people outside their household.
what you had to say
Joshua Fraim: So the family account only applies to people who live in the same house. bull shit.
saintfighteraqua: If I have to pay an extra fee for any of my family members who use Netflix when traveling or use it at the gym, a friend’s house at work during recess, etc., I drop Netflix. The value is already there and the prices continue to rise.
Marshall: If Netflix is going to monitor my account based on where and how my family members choose to use the service I paid for, that’s toast.
Kelly Jo Anderson: Netflix raised their prices not too long ago. That raise should more than cover the $2 or $3 they’re discussing now; they should not be increased further. What about those of us who share the cost with another parent for our children over whom we have joint custody? And those of us who have kids who don’t go to college? Or those who help care for and care for disabled children, elderly parents and other family members who are struggling but remain determined to live independently? Netflix will lose far more revenue than it will gain, as well as the damage it will do to its already flawed reputation if it decides to go down this road.
JWB: It’s pretty clear to me that Netflix has raised their prices and people have dropped them, so now Netflix is raising their prices again here, under a different excuse because they were already using the obvious excuse, just to please themselves. compensate for a loss of profit. Anyway IME Netflix needs to up their game and look at themselves, so many things I would expect to be there that aren’t, so many absolutely shy movies and series… they need to keep an eye on this for themselves I guess! Bad choice Netflix, you burst your own bubble! People will leave and will not look back!
Michelle Howell: Whether you’re for or against this depends on how they plan to determine that a password has been shared.
For example, we don’t have an internet home account and use our mobile phones as a hotspot when we want to watch Netflix.
So if they intend to determine this based on the IP address then we may charge an extra £6 on our account depending on whose phone is being used which is absolutely ridiculous. However, if people are just trying to be untrustworthy and give other people their passwords, then there will be an additional charge. It is very wrong for people to be too stingy to pay even $3 a month and try to avoid paying anything by using their friend’s password. But again, I’ll come back to my first point…how will they determine that a password has been shared? I personally predict that they will do it by IP address and many families like ours will end up being unfairly penalized and charged extra despite the fact that we only use it at home and never shared the password.
StopTheGreenTerrorists: I don’t care how accounts are shared. However, if they suddenly start complaining when I use Netflix when I’m traveling or with my girlfriend, let’s just say the barrier to using “alternative sources” for my viewing habits will drop drastically.
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