Netflix cracks down on password-sharing

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 23: The Netflix App logo is seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed a new law on March 22 extending the reach of the country’s radio and TV censor to the internet. The new law will allow RTUK, the states media watchdog, to monitor online broadcasts and block content of social media sites and streaming services including Netflix and YouTube. Turkey already bans many websites including Wikipedia, which has been blocked for more than a year. The move came a day after private media company Dogan Media Company announced it would sell to pro-government conglomerate Demiroren Holding AS. The Dogan news group was the only remaining news outlet not to be under government control, the sale, which includes assets in CNN Turk and Hurriyet Newspaper completes the governments control of the Turkish media. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Netflix and chill may not be the same after the streaming service announced plans to crack down on password sharing during its annual, quarterly earnings call last week.

The jig is up in regards to the unofficial Netflix sharing plan, which includes giving your password to friends and family for free.

Netflix product chief Greg Peters noted that the company is aware of users sharing their account information to save money, but did not disclose an estimate of how many users do so.

“We’ll continue to look at the situation, and we’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edge of that,” said Peters.

The company also said it is looking into limiting IP addresses, which could become a problem for families who do not live in the same household.

Netflix currently limits the number of devices that can stream from one account, and users can share accounts to some extent.

However, Netflix users are also limited to one household because of the requirement of setting up individual profiles.

Aside from the monitoring scandal, the company also announced its recent success.

Netflix said it added 6.77 million paid subscribers in the September quarter crediting hit shows like “Stranger Things” and “13 Reasons Why.”

No immediate changes are expected to come to the popular streaming service, according to Peters.

“Netflix is monitoring the shared-activity,” said Peters. “But has no big plans at this point in time in terms of doing something different there.”

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