How many of us watch Netflix? Now, how many of us actually own an account on Netfllix? Are you one of the thousands who watch using someone else’s account?
Netflix is on to you.
The streaming company says they are aware of the problem, and while there are no immediate plans to crack down on piggyback users, they may go after these account borrowers in the future.
In an interview, product chief Greg Peters said:
“We continue to monitor [password sharing]. We’ll continue to look at the situation and we’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edge of that, but we’ve got no big plans at this point in time in terms of doing something different there.”
So, while it may not be super soon, it is on their to-do list.
This news comes less than a month before Disney+ plans to launch their streaming platform. Coincidence?
Also, perhaps they have more concerns like how to compete with Disney’s New Subscription Service that is a lower cost than the lowest plan on Netflix?
(I’m going to be honest. The above Instagram post for Disney+ makes me more excited than Netflix ever has. [Except for Stranger Things. Netflix has Stranger Things.])
Disney+ is hoping to be the next big streaming service, overtaking Netflix in users, and they have a real chance. Disney+ will host, not only DISNEY related programming and movies, but PIXAR, MARVEL, STAR WARS, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC as well. These are some AWFULLY big names!
I know I have already signed up for the Disney+ service! My kids begged and begged — and I secretly wanted it!
If Netflix starts to feel the pressure of being in jeapardy of losing users, I bet that is when the crackdown will happen.
Of course, that isn’t official, but it makes perfect sense.
We have all gotten away with “borrowing” Netflix service from our friends for YEARS. Be prepared for this to come to an end sooner rather than later.
Netflix now runs $8.99 a month to stream on two devices at a time. It will cost you $15.99 if you want to be able to view it on up to four devices at a time.
This, of course, is meant to be accessed by only one household at a time. And, EXPECT for it to be enforced to only one household soon.