Since When Does It Cost To Share?

Aaliyah Murillo, Staff Writer

The loved streaming service Netflix has announced they will begin to charge extra fees for sharing accounts. On March 16, the streamer service announced its intention to curb password sharing among people who don’t live in the same household.

Although this doesn’t seem like a big deal, there are families who share the password with their children who don’t live at home or their grandparents so they can enjoy the shows that we all do. Sadly the days of sharing passwords are coming to an end.

This all started as part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on password sharing; Netflix revealed plans to charge primary account holders extra money for users outside of the main users’ household. Although this is sad, it does not shock many people as Netflix has been raising its prices fairly constantly, making it more expensive to share with users. Users see it as Netflix wanting more money. This new feature will cost $2.99 and the company will first be testing the new feature in Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica.

This new plan allows standard and premium plan holders to add sub-accounts for up to two people they don’t live with and each will have their own profile with personalized recommendations, but each account will have a different login and password. 

As worrying and annoying as this is, we can be thankful that this plan will be used first in the three countries Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica before making the changes anywhere else in the world. But even though this hasn’t occurred yet, people have already gotten upset over the plan.

Many believe this is another way to make customers give extra cash. Others have left comments on Twitter about this new idea, stating, according to, “ Netflix will lose a lot of customers if they do this password–sharing crackdown they plan to do, charging extra especially when they don’t carry a lot of good content anymore like some of the other streaming apps.” In the same article, another person also mentions, “ how do you expect families to handle password sharing in the case of divorces, their children or college students away from their home? We already pay a lot for it now you’re just milking us for every dollar spent.”

Clearly, people all over the world are not happy.

Gabriel Murillo, a local Ammon resident, says “I don’t think it’s fair that Netflix is charging to share a password with family members. You still have to pay to watch on more than one TV, or else it doesn’t let you watch a show if someone else is already watching on the number of devices you have paid for. Now it just seems like they just want to charge us for every little thing we do. I don’t think it’s fair and I think we should be allowed to share the password with who we want to because either way we are still paying and so many people have Netflix I’m sure this isn’t costing them anything.”

Idaho Falls Resident, Lorena Murillo says “I’m very glad this isn’t going to start yet. But if they do start charging to share with other devices, I think that would be the final breaking point where we would have to cancel Netflix, seeing as they don’t have the best shows anymore, and they are just overpriced at this point. I don’t think I would keep paying, especially if there are other streaming services that are cheaper and have shows that are more entertaining for my family and I.”

Whether this will end up now or later in America,  we don’t know, but I think it is safe to say that the public does not like this idea. Netflix is more likely to lose customers than they are to gain seeing as people think this is unfair and unreasonable, since not only are they charging too much now they also don’t have the best shows and movies that other streaming services can offer for much cheaper.

Will this be Netflix‘s downfall? We might just have to wait and see.