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Anyone using someone else’s Netflix log-in will have to pay a fee under new rules

Netflix users who share their accounts with other households are starting to be asked to pay extra for the privilege.

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The streaming service is testing new technology which asks subscribers to pay an extra fee if it detects people living at different addresses logging into the same account.

Although Netflix’s terms don’t allow users living apart to share an account, the firm has long tolerated the practice which has led to password sharing.

The company said it would soon start testing new features that let subscribers pay to add “sub accounts” for up to two people they do not live with.

It is currently testing the new changes in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, with the extra accounts costing 30% to 40% of a basic membership.

In the UK, a £2.99 a month charge would mean a subscriber on the most expensive plan paying £21.97 a month for two people living elsewhere.

Netflix this week announced it will be raising prices of its subscription packages for new and existing members.

The basic and standard plan will both increase by £1 a month to £6.99 and £10.99 respectively, while the premium tier will go up by £2 to £15.99.

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