Netflix surrenders and will no longer block shared accounts. Are users spared from the penalty?

In recent weeks, Netflix took its users by surprise by revealing more details about the new system that the streaming content platform would use to block users who share their account with other people.

According to the announcement made by the company, initially the plan was to implement a mechanism to verify that the connection to the platform is always made from the same site. To do this, the service would use IP address, device identifiers, and account activity itself as resources to establish the position of the user.

Added to this, Netflix pointed out that in order to guarantee that the devices are properly associated with a main locationusers will have to connect at least once every 31 days to that site’s WiFi network and open Netflixin the web version of the platform or through an application for mobile devices.

There are tricks to avoid Netflix blocks – Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

This way, Netflix would have the ability to permanently know if a person is using an account holder’s internet connection.

However, recently the streaming content platform has decided to make a couple of adjustments to its system to block the mode of shared accounts. At the time, the official website of the service had established that said restriction would come into force as of February 2 and that it would apply to all users.

However, it was later discovered that this information had an inaccuracy and for this reason an adjustment was applied to the brand’s website to indicate that the measure to monitor the connection of users would initially be enabled in certain countries (Costa Rica, Chile and Peru).

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In the same way, a clarification was made about the use of ‘verification codes’ as a measure to prevent the improper use of Netflix users, since it would be the resource to block shared accounts.

Now, the company has established that the “verification codes” will be the most efficient mechanism to prevent a person from sharing their account with several people, since the platform will check when a device that is not connected to the user’s home network logs in. in one account permanently.

So that the platform will request the entry of a code to allow access to the content it offers, the option of registering the home address that is registered in Netflix home will also be offered.

In this photo illustration the Netflix app seen on a smartphone screen.
Netflix is ​​fine-tuning its blocking for shared accounts – Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

Therefore, the service would have stopped using the feature that forces people to connect once a month to their home network in order to verify that they are the true owner of an account. In addition, this measure would only be applied in certain territories and therefore thousands of users could continue sharing their accounts without any restriction.

However, it is evident that little by little Netflix is ​​looking for ways to perfect a system that allows blocking shared accounts effectively and efficiently, therefore, it is highly likely that new measures will be announced in the coming months to comply with this task.

This is because the platform has not lost its intention to filter the money leak that it suffers from users who access the service without paying a subscription.

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Netflix launches another ‘little gift’ after announcing how it will prevent account sharing

Netflix’s premium subscription has incorporated spatial audio playback to deliver higher and more immersive sound quality, and has expanded to six different devices where content can be downloaded for offline viewing.

Netflix offers in the premium subscription a video quality that it describes as “exceptional”, with support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos. And from this Wednesday, the sound quality improves with the incorporation of spatial audio.

Netflix will offer better sound quality for your content. – Photo: AFP

Spatial audio “offers a surround cinematic sound experience on any device without the need for additional equipment,” they point out from the platform on the news page. This novelty is available in more than 700 titles, including Stranger Things, Wednesday and Knives Out: Glass Onion.

Likewise, Netflix has expanded the number of devices on which users can download series and movies to watch them later offline. Members of the premium subscription will be able to access this feature on up to six computers, compared to the four that the platform allowed.

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