Update: Similar to other regions, and in line with its previous announcements, Netflix has officially rolled out changes to Australian subscribers that use IP monitoring to determine where they’re watching, and ensure accounts aren’t being used in multiple households.
Devices being used by a single Netflix will need to be within the “household” IP address, or be portable devices like tablets and laptops that connect to the home IP at least once a month.
Netflix has also started offering “extra member” pricing which allows up to two users not living at the primary address to make use of the account for an extra $7.99 per month. So you can still split the bill with your mates, but the bill itself will be even higher than usual.
You can find out more details about these changes here.
Previous Story: It’s been talking about cracking down on user account sharing for a while now, but it seems like the exact measures that Netflix, broadcaster of some well-received TV gaming adaptations like The Witcher and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, is taking to curb multiple non-household users accessing the service from a single paid subscription have been revealed.
As reported by gHacks, the streaming giant has updated its service FAQs in multiple regions to describe its new anti-sharing methods. The biggest change is that users will need to regularly “verify” the devices they’re using to access a Netflix account, requiring them to connect to the service and watch content at least once every 31 days on their home Wi-Fi network.
Netflix will supposedly be actively monitoring which IP addresses its users connect their accounts and devices from, and may additionally ask them to verify their device from their home network as it deems required. This means that it’s likely users will need to prepare their devices for travel or occasional outside use by first connecting and verifying them to prevent being blocked from use, even if the account belongs to them or their household.
The streaming giant reportedly plans to offer an added fee to share accounts with members outside of the primary household.