It looks like Netflix is finding a new way to handle password sharers.
The test is apparently being conducted in Argentina, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
A support page from Netflix Honduras says that the test will ask users to pay an additional fee if they are using the same Netflix account on a TV that’s outside of their primary address for over two weeks.
Each additional home will cost around USD2.99 (around Php170).
According to Netflix, the said test areas have subscriber accounts that only have one primary “home” where they use an account on any devices, as well as go out and use it on mobile devices without the extra step.
“Beginning August 22, 2022, when you sign in to Netflix on a TV outside of your home, you will see the option to add the extra home for an additional fee per month,” the Netflix support page writes.
“If you will only be using this TV for a limited time, you can watch Netflix for up to 2 weeks at no extra charge as long your account has not been previously used in that location. After that time, the TV will be blocked unless you add the extra home,” the page ads.
As for how Netflix can detect if you’re at “home”, they use information such as IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity.
If you’re traveling, you can still use the same Netflix account on a TV outside your home for free, but only for up to two weeks as long as your account was not used in that same location for at least a year.
No word yet if the test will be made official and will be used in other markets.