By Aaron Humes: A warning for subscribers of streaming giant Netflix: it may soon cost you more to share accounts with those not living with you.
According to Dot.la, the company has announced an initial rollout of extra fees for subscribers who share their Netflix accounts with people outside of their households in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Netflix would allow subscribers to share accounts with people they don’t live with to a limit of two, and a fee of less than three U.S. dollars. A company statement said it is “working to understand [the fees’] utility” before deciding to implement them “anywhere else in the world,” including the U.S.
Previously, Netflix had sent direct warnings to some viewers stating: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”
The Silicon Valley-based company has ramped up its efforts to crack down on password sharing after reporting a slowdown in subscriber growth at the start of this year. The estimated 222 million total subscribers to the service does not include the countless others who access the streaming platform with someone else’s account.