Netflix has introduced an additional fee for account sharing in Germany. However, users who are not in the same household can still use the platform if they create a Netflix sub-account. We’ll explain how to do it.
Netflix users will have to pay an additional fee of 4.99 euros if they want to continue sharing a user account. The streaming provider wants to take action against so-called account sharing. All people who share the platform with people who do not live in the same household are affected.
Create a Netflix sub-account: This is how the platform wants to prevent account sharing
Users who want to share an account with one another in the future but do not live in the same household will not only have to pay the extra fee in the future. In addition to the main account, they must also create a Netflix sub-account.
With this extra account, however, there are some differences to the regular Netflix account. First, the user of the sub-account receives his own access data. This also means that he has no access to the main account. In addition, the main user can terminate the sub-account at any time.
Sub-account with limited features
Basically, the sub-accounts have the same functions as the main subscription. However, the resolution of the streaming content depends on the respective subscription type.
There are still some restrictions: Parallel streams are not possible in the sub-account. In addition, the download function can only be used on one device. So if it is important to stream on several devices at the same time, you will have to take out your own standard subscription in the future.
Furthermore, users of a sub-account cannot create different profiles. In addition, the sub-profile can have different age ratings, but it cannot be a child profile.
Here’s how to create a Netflix sub-account
To create a sub-account, you must first be a main subscriber. This means you must be using at least one Standard or Premium plan.
If you want to add an extra person, you have to buy an additional member seat. After that you can invite the additional member. He or she can then either transfer their previous profile or set up a new one.
To create a sub-account via the web browser, first log in to your Netflix account. Then you go to “Additional member” in the settings and then to “Buy additional member space”. Alternatively you can also use this link.
You then check and confirm the new payment amount and the new invoice date. Now you can start the additional member. To do this, you set up the new profile with the e-mail address and the name of the person concerned.
You can now choose whether an existing profile should be transferred or whether the additional member would like to create a new profile. When you’re done typing, the additional person will receive an invitation email with an activation link.
This is how much Netflix costs if you want to share your account
To create the Netflix sub-account, you must be subscribed to at least the Standard or Premium plan.
With the Standard plan, you can add an additional member. At a price of EUR 12.99 plus an additional fee, the bottom line is that the costs are EUR 17.98. Meanwhile, with a premium subscription, up to two additional members can be added. The maximum cost: 27.97 euros.
Payment is made via the main account. There is no way for extra users to have their subscription billed independently.
Users initially receive a warning
Netflix users who do not remove members outside of their household or do not pay an additional fee should first receive a warning that they are at risk of being blocked. It is still unclear how quickly the streaming service will take action.
All devices that connect to the Internet where Netflix is used most via an account can continue to use the platform without any problems. The same should apply to the use of an account on the go and when travelling.
By the way: Additional members must activate their account in the country linked to that of the account holder. In order to prevent account sharing, Netflix wants to record a shared Internet connection via IP addresses. GPS data would not play a role, according to the official tenor.