Netflix to Launch Password Sharing Fee Test

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A report by Vice details a new test by Netflix to cut down on the sharing of passwords. According to the streaming service’s terms of service, only people who live in the same household can share an account which is the reason for multiple profiles.

The test, which will only be launching in Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica will allow outside users to have a profile on one account, but for an extra fee. Chengyi Long, the Director of Product Innovation at Netflix says that the sharing of passwords between viewers “impacts their ability to invest in great new tv and films for their members.”

The test is said to be launching over the next few weeks. The “add member fee” will give subscribers the ability to add two subsidiary profiles at the cost of $2.99 USD.

“We’ll be working to understand the utility of these two features for members in these three countries before making changes anywhere else in the world,” said Long on if the changes would become permanent.

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