After undergoing several trial runs and experimental periods in selected countries, Netflix launched the final phase of its global crackdown on shared accounts on May 23. As preannounced one month ago, the streaming giant has started the implementation of its extra-home plan and a system to detect devices used by individuals who live in different households in the United States and in many countries in most regions of the world.
Although the new system has not been implemented in all Latin American countries so far, it has already reached the largest markets in the region, namely: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. The extra-member option has been in place in Chile, Peru and Costa Rica since early 2022.
According to the explanation given by the streaming company in a press release, “Netflix accounts are designed for use in a single household. All the people living in a home may access Netflix wherever they are (at home, on holidays or on a trip) and avail themselves of new features that make it possible to transfer profiles or to manage access and devices.” Beginning on May 23, e-mail notice will be given to account holders whenever Netflix detects that an account is being shared. The company has not specified the time limit beyond which devices that fail to abide by the new measures will be blocked.
The monthly fee to be paid for the extra-member option varies from country to country. In the United States it amounts to USD 7.99, in Mexico MXN 69 (equivalent to approximately USD 3.8 today), in Brazil BRL 12.90 (USD 2.6), in Argentina ARS 699 (USD 3) and in Colombia COP 8,900 (USD 2). The extra-home option is not available to lower-priced ad-supported tiers.