Four months ago, Netflix began cracking down on password sharing by instituting an "additional member" fee for users who share their account with people they don't live with. These fees of around $2-3 per month have been applied in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru. Netflix said it was evaluating the rollout before making changes in other countries.
On Monday of this week, Netflix has announced another type of fee it will charge customers who share accounts. The new tariff requires that customers pay for “Extra Homes” and will be billed from August 22 in Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
“As of August 22, 2022, if your Netflix account is used on a TV outside your home, you will be charged an additional $2,99 per month for each additional household. You will only be charged when you or someone using your account chooses to add an additional household – these charges will NOT be charged automatically,” indicated Netflix on its pricing page for Honduras.
The charge for each additional household is also $2,99 per month in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala. In Argentina, the rate is 219 pesos per month (about 1,70 USD). Netflix is apparently aiming for a wider rollout of one or more account sharing fees by the end of the year.
For the planned global rollout, Netflix hasn't said whether it will standardize on a single rate, give users a choice between home surcharges and member surcharges, or create another option. Netflix wants to "be as thoughtful as possible about how we charge for usage in multiple homes" and "won't make changes in other countries until we better understand what's easiest for our members," said the company in yesterday's announcement.
Due to slowing revenue growth, Netflix also plans to create an ad-supported tier in addition to the streaming service's current ad-free plans.
Update: Netflix said in the announcement for his results Tuesday that it now plans to roll out the ad-free plan and account sharing fees in 2023, with the ad-free offering slated for early 2023.
TV will be blocked if you don't add the extra home to your Netflix account
An FAQ “ Netflix Homes clarifies that users "can watch Netflix on their laptop or mobile device while traveling" and "watch Netflix on a TV outside your home for up to two weeks, provided your account has not been used previously in this place. This is allowed once per location per year.”
Starting Aug. 22, customers connecting outside of their home "will see the option to add additional home for an additional cost per month" or use the two-week grace period, Netflix said. Earlier today, Netflix's FAQ contained a sentence stating that after the two-week grace period, "TV will be blocked unless you add an additional household", as you can see in this screenshot screenshot:
The sentence about blocking TVs has been removed, but it is still clear that customers will have to pay the fee to avoid being blocked in other homes. Netflix said it detects additional households using "information such as IP addresses, device IDs and account activity." To avoid messages that “too many households are using your account,” Netflix advises users to ensure that “the device is not connected to a VPN, proxy, or other unblocking service. »
Netflix is adding an option to the user's account pages where they can "check which TVs or TV-connected devices are using your account by location, and sign out of your account from a location." » Disconnecting from a location disconnects all devices associated with that location.
Netflix will limit the number of additional households users can add based on their subscription plan. A Basic plan subscriber can add one additional household, a Standard plan subscriber can add up to two additional households, and Premium subscribers can add up to three additional households.
Netflix's Basic, Standard, and Premium plans have monthly prices ranging from $7,99 to $13,99 in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Prices range from $9,99 to $19,99 in the United States. The different tiers have pre-existing limits on how many people can watch simultaneously, but these are based on the number of screens rather than the number of slots.