After announcing its plans to end password sharing, Netflix is in the process of rolling out anti-password-sharing functions in its markets to prevent multiple people from accessing the same Netflix account. Some recent changes to the platform’s account-sharing policies are intended to generate fresh revenue that users lose when they share Netflix passwords outside of families. This has been highlighted in an updated FAQ section by Netflix on its India website.
We explain how Netflix plans to prevent users from sharing passwords in India and elsewhere by bringing in an OTP system.
Who can use your Netflix account?
Netflix allows customers to share passwords, but only with immediate family members within the physical household. To ensure this, the company requires users to log in from their home location via a home Wi-Fi network and stream content through the Netflix app or website at least once every 31 days.
Netflix while traveling
If users are traveling, Netflix allows its services to be used on hotel TVs. This can be done by requesting a temporary code from the service to authenticate sign-in. This allows users to access the account for seven days while travelling.
However, Netflix account may be blocked if the above procedure is not followed while using accounts away from home.
Preventing Netflix from blocking your account and devices
The account determines the local or home location using some key information, such as Netflix IP Addresses, Device IDs, and Account Activity. The Service uses this data to assign a primary location for the account. In general, Netflix allows users to keep tabs on devices using the account outside of the home location, and account users can sign out of such devices and change their passwords.
However, the anti-password-sharing drive requires customers to sign in to their home Wi-Fi networks and use the platform’s services once every 31 days. Prevent blocking of “Trusted Device” status and Netflix accounts.
It is possible to allow users to access Netflix account outside of home location. This requires verification from the principal account holder. To verify the device:
- While attempting to log in, Netflix shares a link to the account holder’s registered email address or mobile phone number.
- The link then redirects the user to a page that displays a unique four-digit verification code.
- The off-location user is then required to enter this code in a 15-minute post after which the code expires. If the code expires before punching in, a new verification code must be requested.
- The off-location user can then access Netflix services. However, this verification process is likely to be required periodically.
How many people can share a Netflix account?
Netflix offers a choice of four plans and multi-device support for users in India. These plans vary in price and also allow different types of users or screens. Netflix will likely restore current prices on its plans and charge users to request login credentials from major accounts unless the company records a decline in illegal password sharing.
Netflix plans in India
Netflix currently offers a choice of four plans in India and recently introduced a price cut to make its offerings more profitable. Base or mobile plan monthly price is Rs. 149 allows one user access to mobile screen streaming. Viewers availing this plan can only watch the content in standard definition (SD). The highest plan currently allows up to six screens and compatibility across four devices. Viewers can enjoy content in Ultra HD resolution and benefit from Netflix’s spatial audio technology. This plan is known as premium plan and is priced at Rs. Resets to 649. Check it out See Netflix plans in detail here.