Netflix is about to take its fight against account sharing to the United States. “In the first quarter, we launched shared payment in four countries and we are pleased with the results,” the company wrote in its Q1. “We are planning a wide release, including in the US, in the second quarter.”
, Netflix has offered to share paid accounts in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. The add-on allows primary account holders to pay an additional fee each month to share their Netflix service with up to two people outside of their household. As the primary account owner, you can still watch on your phone and sign in to the service on a device outside of your home, such as a smart TV in a hotel. Netflix also allows secondary users to convert their profiles to new accounts.
“A Netflix account is meant to be shared in a household (people who live in the same place as the account owner),” the company says in a . “People who are not at home will need to sign in to their own account to watch Netflix.”
In the past, Netflix estimated that more than 100 million non-paying households have access to its service through free shared accounts. The company says the practice limits its ability to invest in new content. You are also aware that the decision to restrict account sharing is likely to result in terminations. The expansion of paid account sharing comes on the same day that Netflix said it would in September.