The greatest appeal to having a Netflix account is how you can share it with all your mates. Everyone can have as much Netflix and chill as they want with a single account, but it seems Netflix is looking to crack down on that.

According to GammaWire, some Netflix users have said that when they tried to log into their mate’s account on their devices, they got a message on the screen which read:

If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.

If this is proven successful in forcing these users to make their own account, then Netflix will unleash the feature upon the masses as Netflix even confirmed to Hollywood Reporter that such a feature is currently undergoing testing for a limited number of customers. A Netflix spokesperson told Hollywood Reporter:

This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so,

Magid, the research firm revealed that a third of all Netflix users, which stand at a strong 200 million all over the world, share their passwords with their close ones. While the standard Netflix plan only allows one user to use it on a single device for $8.99, the other two plans allow the users to have it running on 2 and 4 screens simultaneously for the prices of $13.99 & $17.99 respectively.

While this could just be Netflix trying to increase subscribed users because of the arrival and competition of many new streaming services, fans will certainly miss the freedom and camaraderie they enjoyed by sharing their Netflix accounts.

Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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