More than a quarter of UK Netflix subscribers share passwords

Greater than 1 / 4 of UK Netflix subscribers share passwords amongst family and friends, based on a survey.

As reported by analysis agency Digital i (by way of Guardian), it’s estimated that a minimum of 27% of Netflix’s 14.9 million UK subscribers, greater than 4 million accounts, share their accounts with different households. It’s believed that the precise quantity, nevertheless, may very well be increased.

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Ali Vahdati, chief govt of Digital i, stated: “Our estimates got here from analyzing account exercise and we corroborate this with a variety of different sources. That stated, we nonetheless consider that our outcomes barely underestimate the [actual] incidence of password sharing.”

The survey additionally discovered {that a} “minimal” of 17 million subscribers share passwords throughout Netflix’s 5 largest markets in Europe – the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy. The nation with essentially the most password sharing is Spain with 47% of subscribers, adopted by Germany (42%), France (35%), Italy (33%) and lastly the UK.

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In response to the examine, password sharing is most typical within the UK amongst 18-24 12 months olds, with a minimum of 29% sharing accounts.

Earlier this month, Netflix stated that greater than 100 million households subscribed to the service had been sharing passwords with others. In an announcement from Netflix Chief Government Reed Hastings, the corporate is “engaged on find out how to monetize sharing.”

“You understand, we have been interested by this for a number of years now,” Hastings stated. “However you already know, after we had been rising up quick, it wasn’t a excessive precedence to work on. And now we’re working actually exhausting on it.

“Keep in mind, there are greater than 100 million households which can be already selecting to observe Netflix. They love the service. We simply must receives a commission to some extent by them.”

This crackdown on password sharing comes after the streaming large revealed a drop in subscriber numbers for the primary time in 10 years, dropping 200,000 within the final quarter. The service must also introduce promoting for cheaper subscription plans.

Final month, Netflix examined a brand new function in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru that will cost individuals for sharing accounts outdoors the house. Through the trial, subscribers can add sub-accounts for as much as two individuals they do not reside with for a set worth.

In January, Netflix elevated its subscription costs for US customers as the corporate faces rising competitors from the likes of Disney+, HBO Max and Apple TV+.


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