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You may lose your account as Netflix cracks down on freeloaders

Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

Are you a freeloader? Do you piggyback off of someone else’s Netflix account, possibly even without the main account holder’s knowledge? Well, Netflix is implementing measures to make it easier to kick freeloaders off of accounts without having to reset passwords or credentials. 

The new feature is called ‘Manage Access and Devices,’ and it lets users control who is using their account. Users can then also simply remove parasites from their account without having to endure the usual admin. Essentially, this feature is primarily aimed at trying to turn parasites and freeloaders into paying customers. 

You may lose your account as Netflix cracks down on freeloaders

You see, Netflix’s stocks are falling, and the service is losing subscribers at an alarming rate. In January this year, we reported on the drastic plummet in Netflix share prices. And, only a few months later in July, Netflix tried to rectify the falling stock prices by charging select users for sharing their passwords. They even created a basic plan with ads so newbies don’t have to pay so much.

You may be about to lose access to Netflix

Netflix is taking the initiative even further next year when it launches the ‘extra members’ feature. Netflix detailed how the feature would monetize password sharing even further during its last investor earnings call. Essentially, the new feature will charge users an additional fee for sharing passwords outside of their immediate household. The feature has already been tested in Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru, and seems to have been a relative success. 

Netflix brass claims that it’s not just targeting intentional freeloaders, though. In a recent blog post, Charles Wartemburg, product manager for product innovation, said:

‘With the busy holiday season just around the corner, many of our members will be on the move and watching Netflix wherever they are traveling to see family and friends. Logging in to your account while at a hotel or even your friend’s house is easy and intuitive, but lots of people then forget to log out.’

What’s been made very clear, though, is that it doesn’t matter what the reason is; if you are watching Netflix on someone else’s account, Netflix would like you to kindly stop. More than asking, the company is actively working on a multi-pronged plan to stop people from sharing their credentials. Goodbye freebie Netflix. You’ve had a good run. 

Let’s just hope they sort out the Chromecast issues where the Netflix free plan with ads won’t work.

Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

I hail from the awe-inspiring beauty of South Africa. Born and raised in Pretoria, I've always had a deep interest in local history, particularly conflicts, architecture, and our country's rich past of being a plaything for European aristocracy. 'Tis an attempt at humor. My interest in history has since translated into hours at a time researching everything from the many reasons the Titanic sank (really, it's a wonder she ever left Belfast) to why Minecraft is such a feat of human technological accomplishment. I am an avid video gamer (Sims 4 definitely counts as video gaming, I checked) and particularly enjoy playing the part of a relatively benign overlord in Minecraft. I enjoy the diverse experiences gaming offers the player. Within the space of a few hours, a player can go from having a career as an interior decorator in Sims, to training as an archer under Niruin in Skyrim. I believe video games have so much more to teach humanity about community, kindness, and loyalty, and I enjoy the opportunity to bring concepts of the like into literary pieces.

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