If you thought sharing your Netflix password with your mates was foolproof, think again.
The streaming service will start charging customers more to share their accounts with people who aren’t in the same household, in an effort to crack down on unauthorised password sharing.
Netflix is currently testing the feature in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the company said subscribers with premium and standard plans will be able to add up to two additional users in other locations, for a fee.
The additional fee will vary by country, but for example Costa Ricans will pay $4.10 more per month.
Netflix says it is making it easy for subscribers to transition to a new member plan — keeping profiles, account history and personalised recommendations.
Chengyi Long, Netflix’s director of product innovation say features such as separate profiles and the ability to view multiple shows at once had been popular, but some were using the system in the wrong way.
“While these have been hugely popular, they have also created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared,” Long said.
“As a result, accounts are being shared between households — impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.”