Netflix will begin charging ‘extra user’ fees early next year

We all knew it was coming. The next phase of Netflix’s month-long crackdown on password sharing – which itself follows the company’s first quarterly subscriber drop in a decade – is upon us. The company announced during its quarterly conference call on Tuesday that it will start charging customers an additional monthly fee from people who share their credentials, starting in early 2023.

This move is an extension of a pilot program currently underway in Latin America that charges additional fees for “additional user” sub-accounts, users outside of your immediate household who use your login to access the Service. Basically, each entry on the Who’s Watching? Screen will cost you extra money if they don’t live with you too.

Netflix hasn’t revealed pricing for the penalty fees yet, but if they follow the pilot program’s “one-fourth base rate” scheme, it should total around $3 to $4. For people wanting to avoid those fees, Netflix on Monday unveiled an account migration tool that transfers a user’s sub-account data (viewing history, recommendations, and the like) to their new, standalone subscription.

Additionally, the company recently announced a cheaper ad-supported tier that will cost $7 per month when it launches on November 3rd. The new tier will be available in a dozen countries including the UK, Canada and Mexico by November 10th.

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