Netflix is cracking down on account sharing!

If you're using a 'borrowed' Netflix password (or sharing your password with someone else), you should know, Netflix is going to start cracking down on pirate accounts.

This week, a Netflix exec said that they're "monitoring" accounts they believe are being shared . . . and they're looking into "consumer-friendly ways" of preventing it from happening.

 It's unclear what that means . . . but it might mean that they're weighing whether it's even worth inconveniencing paying customers by trying to chase down people who are trying to beat the system. 

Netflix already has built-in constraints: Each account can only have one to four simultaneous streams, depending on the plan. For example, the standard $12.99 plan is already capped at two devices watching at once.

 So, a dozen people could be 'sharing' a password for an account that only one of them is paying for, but there can only be two streams at any one time.

Regardless, Netflix says they're not making any changes yet.  (You can hear the exec talking about it, here. Skip to the 30:22 mark.)

When Disney+ comes out next month, it is expected to have tighter restrictions than Netflix.

Disney said they're working hard on "piracy mitigation," and will "implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing."

There are no specifics on how they'll do that, but apparently there will be "something" in place to limit password-sharing.

 
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