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Netflix expands password sharing crackdown

Netflix is rolling out limits on password sharing in four more countries: Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. Subscribers in these countries are being asked to pay an extra fee if they want to share their subscription with someone who lives in a different household. The move follows a crackdown on sharing passwords in South […]

February 9, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Survey: Brits confused by VPNs

Online passwords are the most misunderstood aspect of online security, with more than three quarters (78 per cent) mistakenly believing their passwords are completely safe if kept with a large company. After surveying over 2,000 UK residents on widespread internet security myths from online banking to public WiFi, Uswitch, the broadband comparison service, determined which […]

February 6, 2023

Netflix details password sharing clamp down

Netflix has hinted how its crackdown on password sharing will work. The company is trialling stricter rules for users in some parts of the world and it is expected that these measures will come into force in other countries, including the UK, later in 2023. The streamer’s help page has revealed the new rules are […]

February 2, 2023

Spain: Password sharing limits to affect 40% SVoD users

Over 40 per cent of SVoD customers in Spain could be affected by Netflix’s decision to put an end to the common practice of password-sharing, changing the face of the market accordingly, according to a report by Barlovento Comunicación. Out of those 40.6 per cent that share their passwords, 57.3 per cent do so with […]

October 20, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Netflix rolling out ‘add a home’ charge

In a significant move to crackdown on password-sharing, Netflix is testing a new strategy that charges subscribers extra for accounts used in multiple homes. From August 22nd, Netflix subscribers in Argentina, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala will have to pay an additional fee by adding homes to their account if they regularly […]

July 19, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Research: Millions of Brits unknowingly sharing passwords

Millions of Brits are leaving themselves open to being scammed by sharing their passwords with online criminals on social media, according to a study from connectivity provider TalkTalk. The study reveals that 43 per cent of Brits say they use personal information such as birthdays, family or pet names when setting passwords. Millions admitted to […]

May 5, 2022

Survey: Netflix OOH charge risks churn

According to home-media consumer intelligence specialist Aluma, a scheme being tested by Netflix in three South American countries requiring account owners to pay an extra $3 for each out-of-home user would see 13 per cent of adult Netflix account holders cancel their service if implemented in the US; an event made more certain by the […]

April 29, 2022

Research: 33% share Netflix password

Consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) finds that 83 per cent of US households have at least one streaming video service from fifteen top direct-to-consumer (DTC) and SVoD services; including 67 per cent of all households with Netflix. However, not all Netflix and other DTC services are paid for directly by those who use […]

March 30, 2022

DStv facing legal action over streaming rule

In February, South Africa’s pay-TV giant DStv announced that it was limiting access to its broadcasts to ‘one device at a time’. Previous flexibility which allowed two (and up to four) devices in a home to access transmissions will be cancelled from March 22nd. Now the lawyers are getting involved. DStv said that it had […]

March 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

DStv limits password sharing

South Africa’s pay-TV and streaming broadcaster, DStv, is clamping down on password sharing. A note to subscribers on the company’s website says that password sharing and piracy are challenges for streaming providers globally. “As part of our ongoing efforts to counteract password sharing and piracy, while continuing to bring you the best viewing experience, we […]

February 23, 2022By Chris Forrester