Netflix has announced the entry into operation of its new system to block shared accounts by limiting the use to users on the same Wifi or network.
As we can all deduce this will involve a myriad of problems for users, something that already takes into account and that will push many to pay more forcing them to create their own account. A move that tries to avoid the rogue users sharing the costs of this service, so they expect to increase their income, but we’ll see if it backfires by causing a stampede of the service.
Netflix will block shared accounts
As Netflix has said, this new system of blocking shared accounts will start working at the end of March. Users must connect within 31 days on the same Wifi or network of the Netflix owner account or the system will block them. This will make it impossible to share accounts with people who live outside our home on a regular basis, so they will be pushed to create a new personal account.
Temporarily, if we are away from home, we can ask for a code to activate the service for 7 days and continue using it. This is a temporary patch for users who leave on a trip and do not have the system activated with those 31 days, something that can happen with a laptop that we have had turned off for some time, for example.
A move that combines with Netflix’s previous proposal of its account with ads at cheaper prices, which has had little acceptance, but perhaps it will start to work by adopting new users expelled from shared accounts.
In the same batch of announcements, we have also been announced that Netflix Premium users will now be able to download content on six different devices. So these users when they go on offline trips can consume offline content more easily between all their devices.
Update: New verification system
As we read in Netflix’s official rules, a remote device can be verified with a code within 15 minutes. As we can see the rules are changing as they come up with ideas… not good technique.
When someone signs into your account from a device that is not associated with your Netflix household, or if your account is accessed persistently from a location outside of your household, we may ask you to verify that device before it can be used to watch Netflix. We do this to confirm that the device using the account is authorized to do so.
To verify a device:
- Netflix sends a link to the email address or phone number associated with the primary account owner.
- The link opens a page with a 4-digit verification code.
- The code needs to be entered on the device that requested it within 15 minutes.
- If the code expired, you will need to request a new verification code from the device.
- Once successful, that device can be used to watch Netflix.
- Device verification may be required periodically.
What do you think of this measure?
- Will you unsubscribe or create another user account?