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You May Soon Have To Pay More If You Use Your Netflix Account Outside Your Home

Uh-oh! No more sharing passwords with uncle, aunty, boyfriend, and girlfriend. :(

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Netflix users, you may soon have to pay extra if you want to use your account in different locations

Netflix is beginning to crack down on password sharing by introducing a new 'add a home' feature that has users paying more for using their accounts in different locations.

While not yet in Malaysia, this feature will roll out this August in a select few countries, such as Argentina, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Netflix users in these countries will have to 'add a home' for each new location. The number of homes you can add depends on your subscription plan.

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According to Tech Crunch, you can 'add a home' by paying an additional fee of (US$2.99) based on your current subscription plan.

Basic users: Can add one extra home
Standard users: Can add up to two extra homes
Premium users: Can add up to three extra homes

Netizens reacted to the news and... it isn't pretty

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It seems like most people are concerned over the fact that this feature will make it more inconvenient for them to stream their services if they're travelling, moving around a lot, or spend time in more than one house.

However, there were also netizens who welcomed the news

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According to Netflix's director of product innovation, Chengyi Long, this move is an attempt to curb the issue of widespread account sharing

"It's great that our members love Netflix movies and TV shows so much they want to share them more broadly, but today's widespread account sharing between households undermines our long term ability to invest in and improve our service," he said, in a report by Mashable SEA.

Netflix also updated that these charges will not be introduced in other countries until they better understand what solution is best for their users.

Last quarter, Netflix lost one million subscribers. However, this loss was better than the initial projection of two million subscribers.

As of now, there's still no news of this feature being added on in Malaysia, but would you guys still be using the global streaming platform if it was? 

Netflix also just introduced a new immersive audio experience for its users!

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