Netflix Testing Crackdown to Limit Password Sharing

With Netflix becoming more popular than ever, surpassing 200 million subscribers, the streaming giant is testing ways to crack down password sharing.

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As GammaWire first reported, some Netflix subscribers have encountered an inquiry when they log on asking for verification that they are the owner of the Netflix account. They are shown a warning message that reads: "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching."

A spokesperson for Netflix recently confirmed the test to FOX Business, saying that it's "designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so." The crackdown is also designed to ensure revenue is not lost as the streaming space has become more competitive in recent years.

Netflix will give subscribers the option to verify their account through a code sent via email or text message. Users will also be given the option to "verify later". If the subscriber is unable to verify account ownership within a certain timeframe, they will be prompted to create a new account.

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According to Netflix's terms of service, the streaming content on the platform is "for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household." Depending on the plan, Netflix charges users $8.99-17.99 per month.

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