Netflix cracks down on 'Netflix and chill' unless partner has active subscription
LOS GATOS, Calif. (The Egg) — Netflix has announced a new plan Tuesday to expand their password-sharing crackdown to unauthorized “Netflix and chill” sessions unless both partners have an active Netflix subscription.
The company announced the change in policy in a statement released on Valentine’s Day and will require subscribers to declare if they are “watching with or are otherwise preoccupied with a sexual partner outside the household” and verify subscriptions of both people.
“The phrase ‘Netflix and chill’ should be called ‘free ride and chill,’” the company said in a statement. “If getting lucky is that important to you, then buying a second subscription for your partner should not be a problem. In fact, it could even be romantic.”
The company also said it plans on using facial-recognition software in the future to ensure that nobody takes advantage of the company’s large catalog of background noise for their date night.
Netflix co-CEOs Greg Peters and Ted Sarandos have praised the move and said the crackdown is “not about punishing subscribers, but rather to protect our profits.”
“Some of our subscribers won’t be happy about this change, but we simply don’t care,” the company said in a statement. “If you don’t want to pay another subscription, you can ‘YouTube and stay poor.’”
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