Netflix Password Sharing Crackdown Will Affect 100 Million Users. Here’s Everything We Know.

Netflix password sharing won't go away, but you'll have to pay for the privilege if you're not in the same household.

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It looks as though the days of Netflix password sharing are numbered, as the streaming giant has apparently had enough of people splitting their accounts with friends and family that don’t live in their households. Netflix has indicated it will soon introduce a new system that will block certain types of password sharing in order to protect its bottom line, perhaps even monitoring your home Wi-Fi network usage. 

The streaming giant appears well aware the new password regime will be unpopular with many users, but it's determined to follow through anyway. So when will this shift happen, and what can you do if you're among the 100 million affected users?

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Ben Demers
Audience Engagement Manager, Kiplinger.com

Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.