Hulu Ban on Password Sharing Coming Soon

On the heels of Netflix, Hulu, the Disney-owned platform, is the latest streaming service to crack down on password sharing.

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Disney-owned Hulu is banning password sharing, cracking down on the practice of subscribers sharing passwords with people outside their household. Disney's policy went into effect on Jan. 25 for new subscribers and will be in effect for existing Hulu subscribers as of March 14. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hulu is cracking down on password sharing, although sharing passwords has been the norm since the rise of streaming entertainment. In fact, Netflix even encouraged the practice before reversing course last year. Hulu parent Disney cracked down on password sharing for its Disney Plus and ESPN Plus services late last year. But what does this new policy mean for current and future customers of Hulu?

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Kathryn Pomroy

For the past 18+ years, Kathryn has highlighted the humanity in personal finance by shaping stories that identify the opportunities and obstacles in managing a person's finances. All the same, she’ll jump on other equally important topics if needed. Kathryn graduated with a degree in Journalism and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She joined Kiplinger in 2023 as a contributor.