The free ride you may have been enjoying won’t last forever.
- Netflix has been lax about cracking down on password sharing in the past, but the practice is coming to an end.
- The streaming giant is soon expected to reveal plans to allow for shared accounts.
- If you’ve been using someone else’s Netflix account, you may need to prepare to pay for your own.
Many people consider Netflix their favorite streaming service. And many people who use Netflix also don’t pay for it. That’s because Netflix has allowed users to share their accounts with others for years.
But USA Today recently reported that practice will soon come to an end. And in the coming months, Netflix fans might have to pay more for their service — either to add additional users to their accounts or get accounts of their own.
No more password sharing
Password sharing clearly costs Netflix a lot of money. Up until now, the streaming service has looked the other way on account sharing, but now, it intends to crack down. And in the coming months, it plans to roll out a paid sharing model that’s apt to cost existing subscribers more money.
Netflix actually introduced a shared account option in Latin America, where subscribers could add a sub-account for $3 a month. That’s not a bad deal, and if Netflix adopts a similar model here in the U.S., it could allow many users to continue sharing their passwords with family members and friends with minimal financial pain.
But we don’t know how expensive the…