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Netflix to Stop Password Sharing Between Accounts

Watch Out, Moochers: Netflix Threatens to Crack Down on Password Sharing

STRANGER THINGS, from left: Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Charlie Heaton, Natalie Dyer, (Season 3, aired July 4, 2019), ph: Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

It's a well-known fact that Netflix account passwords get passed around like a collection basket at Sunday service, but during the streaming giant's third-quarter earnings interview, Product Chief Greg Peters revealed that the company would be looking into "consumer friendly" ways to address users sharing credentials in the future. But don't worry, there's no plans to change anything just yet.

"We continue to monitor [password sharing]," Peters said. "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."

There was no discussion on how Netflix would be monitoring sharing, but as Hypebeast points out, the streaming service could track IP addresses, which would make it a lot harder for families who live apart to share an account. Currently, Netflix only limits the number of devices that users can stream from under one account, which isn't a problem unless people are streaming at the same time. For now, users can continue to piggyback off their family or friends' accounts and we'll keep you updated on when it's time to jump ship and set up a Hulu account. (Just kidding, we love you Netflix!)

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