Netflix doesn't want you sharing your password with friends

Netflix doesn't want you sharing your password with friends

The company is testing out a possible password-sharing crackdown.
13 Mar, 2021

Netflix is testing a way to crack down on password sharing.

The popular streaming service has been using popups to ask some users to verify their account via email or text, or to “verify later.”

“If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching,” the screen reads, according to, which first reported the test.

The test comes as streaming services proliferate and more people share passwords and services. Netflix confirmed the test, but did not say how many people were part of the test or if it was only in the U.S. or elsewhere.

“This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorised to do so,” the company said in a statement.

On the most basic plan, which costs $9 monthly, users can only stream on one screen at a time. The most popular plan, which is now $14 monthly, allows two simultaneous streams; the $18 premium plan allows 3.

But there has never been a limit on sharing an account when you aren’t streaming at the same time.

Competition has definitely heated up in entertainment streaming, with recent entrants running from Disney+ in 2019 to Paramount+ most recently. Still, Netflix remains the one to beat with more than 200 million subscribers globally.


Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 13, 2021 01:00pm
Unfortunately, everybody does that.
Browngirl Mar 13, 2021 01:17pm
Verifying through email or text would work fine. It will stop stealing to a great extent.
Prd Mar 13, 2021 01:53pm
Bad news for Indians!
M. Saeed Mar 13, 2021 04:43pm
But, existing system restricts more than allowed number of streaming by rejecting the excess requests?
MR Mar 14, 2021 12:55pm
their belly is never full
Tamilselvan Mar 15, 2021 11:36pm
@Prd . Bad news for Asians