Netflix announced on Tuesday that it was expanding the policy to more than 100 countries. Image Credit: Netflix

San Francisco: Netflix on Tuesday expanded its crackdown on users sharing passwords with people beyond their immediate family as it seeks to shore up revenue at the leading streaming television service.

Netflix said early this year that more than 100 million households were sharing accounts at the service, "impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films."

"A Netflix account is for use by one household," the company said in a statement.

As growth at Netflix cooled last year, the Silicon Valley- based streaming company set out to nudge people watching for free with shared passwords to begin paying for the service without alienating subscribers.

"A Netflix account is for use by one household," the company said Netflix has experimented with "borrower" or "shared" accounts, in which subscribers can add extra users for a higher price or transfer viewing profiles to separate accounts, in a few markets. On Tuesday, it announced that it was expanding the policy to more than 100 countries.

"This account sharing initiative helps us have a larger base of potential paying members and grow Netflix long term," co-chief executive Ted Sarandos said on an earnings call.


The streaming television giant told financial analysts recently that it had delayed a broad crackdown on sharing of account passwords "to improve the experience for members."

Managing your account
Based on member feedback, Netflix developed the following features to give people who share Netflix with others more choice and control:

MANAGE DEVICES: Review your device list on the Manage Account Access page and sign out the devices you don't want to access.

TRANSFER A PROFILE: You can transfer a profile to someone who is paying for a new membership via your account.

BUY AN EXTRA MEMBER: If you want to share your Netflix account with someone who doesn't live with you, you'll need to pay an additional $7.99/month.

Netflix said it made sure subscribers have seamless access to the service away from home or on various devices such as tablets, TVs or smartphones.

Netflix in April said that its number of subscribers hit a record high 232.5 million in the first quarter of the year and that its nascent ad-supported tier was faring well.

The company said in a recent presentation to advertisers that it had more than 5 million subscribers to its ad-support tier.

For the first time ever, US adults will spend more time this year watching digital video on platforms such as Netflix, TikTok and YouTube than viewing traditional television, Insider Intelligence has forecast.

The market tracker expects "linear TV" to account for less than half of daily viewing for the first time ever.