Today, February 22, 2023, de facto marks the first day on which Netflix can no longer be shared for free. Since the new change of plans to add extra accounts was announced on the 8th, Netflix has allowed itself until yesterday, the 21st, to establish the main home of the account and thus expel other users who do not share said account. home.
Despite the fact that in the last two weeks there has been a barrage of criticism of the platform under the hashtag #AdiosNetflix and thousands of canceled subscriptions, Netflix has not backed down and has continued with this plan to ban Netflix account sharing for free.
Goodbye free sharing Netflix
It has fallen to us in Spain to be pioneers, together with Canada, New Zealand and Portugal, to launch the so-called “new ways of sharing Netflix”. The main change, once they had already insisted that “a Netflix account is intended for people who live together in the same household” for months, is the possibility of buying extra members for 5.99 euros that are not part of our domestic circle, as long as we have a Premium (2 extra members) or Standard (one more user) account. Extra subscribers have their own account and password, but their subscription is paid for by the person who invited them to share their Netflix account (and they’ll settle accounts with each other).
The need to establish what until some time ago was called “Netflix Home” was also confirmed, the main location settings from which the user who is subscribed to the service will connect. The deadline to configure this tool to ensure that any user who connects from the same home had until February 21.
Of course, this does not mean that if you have not connected to Netflix for a month it means that your account has been blocked, but you will have to do this process before you can view your content without restrictions. As the application will show in the first connection after this date “as of 2/21/23, a primary location will be configured if your account does not have it. Devices in some locations using your account may be blocked from access.”
It will not be worth the trick of not establishing a main home to try that all those with whom you shared an account can continue connecting, since if a main location is not configured, Netflix does it automatically on your behalf based on IP address, device identifiers, and account activity, with the account that was used the most prior to these changes taking first place.
Block devices outside your home
Starting today, a new era begins at Netflix, in which devices that have been left out of the main location will have their access blocked. The streaming platform has confirmed that will not use exact positioning data via GPSbut they will do it with others in the network to which the devices connect to play content in the main location.“To determine if a device from which your account is logged in is connected to your primary location, we use information such as IP addresses, device identifiers, and account activity.
We do not collect GPS data to try to determine the exact location of devices. We use the IP address of the Netflix device or application to determine general location (such as city, state/province, and zip code).”