Netflix’s sharing crackdown in Australia: Here’s what you need to know

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You may have already heard about Netflix’s intention to crackdown on password sharing between people in different households.

Well, it’s happening sooner than we thought! Netflix has just announced that this will start in Australia from today (24 May 2023).

Netflix changes - what's next?

From today, Netflix will be sending an email to all account holders who share with someone outside of their home and give them the choice: continue sharing for an extra $7.99 per month per additional person, or to stop sharing outside the home.

On the company blog, Netflix states that “A Netflix account is for use by one household”, however it did not specify how it’s keeping track of account holders doing the wrong thing.

What should you do if you are currently using someone else’s Netflix account?

If you’re using the Netflix account of someone who lives outside your home, the first step is to ask how they feel about these changes. They may be willing to continue letting you use their account if you pay the extra $7.99 per month. (This is only $1 more expensive than the cheapest Netflix plan (the Basic with Ads Plan) and you won’t have to deal with the ads!)

If the account holder is not willing to let you keep sharing, it's best to get your own account. The good news is, Netflix has the option to “transfer a profile”, which means that your viewing history and preferences won’t be lost and can be transferred to your new account.

As previously mentioned, the current cheapest plan option is Netflix’s Basic with Ads Plan which costs $6.99 per month. If you don’t want to deal with the ads, the next best option would be the Basic Plan which costs $9.99 per month.

If you’re not sure you want to pay to keep using Netflix, why not check out the content available on one of the other major streaming platforms such as Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Hayu.

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