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In this photo illustration the Netflix logo is seen on September 19, 2014 in Paris, France.

All good things must come to an end…

Netflix is cracking down on shared accounts. The rumors of this move have been swirling for awhile but it seems it may finally be time. The company announced on Wednesday that they will be cracking down on users sharing passwords with someone from a different location. Basically, if you don’t live with the account holder, Netflix will charge the account holder $2-$3 extra to share the password.

The test program is starting in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, but if it goes well, it could affect us in the United States. Everyone I know shares a Netflix account, so this will affect a lot of people.

Chengyi Long, Director of Product Innovation, said in a blog post on the site, “We’ve always made it easy for people who live together to share their Netflix account, with features like separate profiles and multiple streams in our Standard and Premium plans. While these have been hugely popular, they have also created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared. As a result, accounts are being shared between households – impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.” 

I understand they are trying to make more money, and it is a company, but streaming services are getting more and more expensive, and people are not happy about it! I think Netflix could spend a little less on original content, and allow password sharing, and their customers would be much happier.