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It's official: No more password sharing on Netflix

The end of an era.
By Christianna Silva  on 
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The time we have all been dreading has finally come: Netflix is cracking down on password sharing in the U.S.

Netflix launched paid sharing in four countries — Canada, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal — earlier this year and said in its quarter one earnings report(opens in a new tab) that it is "pleased with the results" and plans a "broad rollout," including in the U.S., this upcoming quarter.

"Paid sharing is another important initiative as widespread account sharing (100M+ households) undermines our ability to invest in and improve Netflix for our paying members, as well as build our business," Netflix's report read. 

It noted that the streaming service expects a "cancel reaction" from users when it announces the news, but that users tend to reactivate their accounts.

"For example, in Canada, which we believe is a reliable predictor for the U.S., our paid membership base is now larger than prior to the launch of paid sharing and revenue growth has accelerated and is now growing faster than in the U.S.," the report read.

Netflix originally planned to start eliminating password sharing in the U.S. earlier in the year, but decided to put a hold on the plan as they "found opportunities to improve the experience for members." 

Users will be able to add two additional people to their Netflix Standard or Premium plan, but they'll have to pay extra — probably around $6 per person, if the U.S. decision matches the Canadian change.

It's time to reconnect with whoever's Netflix account you're mooching off of — but if we find a way around the newest crackdown, we'll let you know.

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Christianna Silva is a Senior Culture Reporter at Mashable. They write about tech and digital culture, with a focus on Facebook and Instagram. Before joining Mashable, they worked as an editor at NPR and MTV News, a reporter at Teen Vogue and VICE News, and as a stablehand at a mini-horse farm. You can follow them on Twitter @christianna_j(opens in a new tab).

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