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Netflix and another reversal: postpone the password sharing ban again


The streaming company had announced the details of its extra home plan days ago, but now it has removed them.

Netflix backtracked again.

After announcing that it was going to apply a higher fee for password sharers, it has now

put it on hold globally

, with the exception of Central and South America.

The company estimates that more than

100 million users worldwide

use the service through shared login credentials.

He hoped that by ending the account swapping, he would bring a new injection of revenue to the company.

To resolve this dilemma, Netflix had updated the account sharing policy in the help center to describe what

is allowed and under what circumstances the procedure is overridden.

But now he has backtracked: Netflix spokeswoman Kumiko Hidaka said in a statement that this will be put on hold.

“For a brief time on Tuesday, a help center article containing information that only applies to Chile, Costa Rica and Peru, was published in other countries.

We have since updated it,” she explained.

In this way, Netflix reversed the removal of shared accounts

globally in an indeterminate way.

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Netflix removed the web page announcing the implementation of this measure, except for the countries of Central and South America,

where the pilot test is still being carried out.

In its report, The Streamable cites this Netflix help center page as the source of its information.

However, the information included in the article for US customers, and visible on an Internet Archive page captured yesterday, does not match what is listed today.

At this time, that information is only available on the test country pages for

Central and South America.

Hidaka explained in an emailed statement to The Verge that the text seen is applicable where Netflix launched its

"Additional Member"

offer in

Chile, Costa Rica and Peru

in March, but not in the US or other countries. where it is not available.

As for what's been confirmed so far, he pointed to Netflix's January earnings statement and said that "later in the first quarter, we expect to start rolling out paid sharing more broadly."

How is the restrictive system

Limitation by IP.

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The verification method is very simple: Netflix will start blocking devices that do not connect at least once every 31 days to the WiFi network associated with the main account.

When asked "

who can use a Netflix account

", the answer is that it can be shared with anyone who lives with the account holder and who watches a title at least once every 31 days.

Netflix also recognizes that if the user is away from the primary location for an extended period of time, say in another city or province, the device may be locked.

To confirm this, it will check IP addresses, though it doesn't give details on

how often it will check.

Users who travel and want to use the service on a hotel TV, a company laptop, can request a temporary service code at login.

This will give them access to your account for seven consecutive days.

Another novelty is a function that transfers the profile, which will allow you to migrate the recommendations of programs, history of reproductions to your own account if you decide to create one.

This will give

password sharers the opportunity

to keep your profile if they sign up for a new account in your name.


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Source: clarin

All tech articles on 2023-02-03

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