Have you gotten your scolding from Netflix yet? If not, brace yourself, because they started rolling out their crackdown on password-sharing in the U.S. yesterday.
From here on out, anyone using your account better live with you . . . because they’re charging another $7.99 for anyone living outside your home to use your account.
Premium subscribers can add up to two non-household members, while standard plan subscribers can only add one.
Primary account holders will have to set a household location on their devices . . . although you’ll still be able to use your account when you travel.
And don’t bank on customer outrage making all of this go away. Netflix has already started doing it in other countries, and they’ve seen an increase in paid memberships in some regions, including Canada.
What does this mean for far-flung families?
All this means is that I have to let my two daughters, one in South Carolina and the other in California that will not be using my Netflix password anymore. That will not go over well I’m sure, but at what point should they be expected to pay for their own accounts and get their own passwords?
I asked listeners today if it would be mean for me to expect them to start paying
Overwhelmingly the answer was it’s time for the girls to start paying for their own Netflix accounts. This is not going to go over well, but it will save me $16.00 a month for the two additional password sharing accounts, that works out to almost $200 per year. Not a ton of money, but let’s face it, if we don’t get them off the account now, when will we ever?
How old is too old when it comes to using your parents Netflix password?
This is a new age modern problem, let’s face it, this isn’t anything our parents ever had to deal with. Not to mention family share plans on cell phones. Don’t get me started!