Anyone using someone else’s Netflix log-in may now have to pay an extra fee

Netflix is set to begin charging users more if they share their account with other households.

The popular streaming platform is thought to be currently testing technology which will see subscribers pay an extra fee if there are others at different addresses using the account at the same time.

It's well-known that many Netflix users share their subscription with friends and family, despite the streaming site's terms not allowing people living at different addresses to share an account.

While Netflix has tolerated password sharing so far, it now looks set to ensure users pay an extra cost should they wish to share their login details with others.

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The company previously said that it would begin testing new features that enable subscribers to pay to add 'sub accounts' for up to two people that they do not live with.

Currently, these changes are being trialled in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, and the extra accounts cost around 30-40% of a basic Netflix membership.

In the UK, a user on the most expensive subscription plan would end up paying £21.97 per month, should a £2.99 charge be added.

Netflix has also revealed that it will be increasing the price of its subscription packages, for all existing and new members.

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Both the basic and standard plan will increase by £1 per month, meaning they will now cost £6.99 and £10.99, while the premium tier will see an increase of £2 per month, resulting in a monthly charge of £15.99.

Netflix has claimed that the price raises will allow it to "continue investing in best in class UK productions", while being able to "offer a wide variety of curated quality shows and films" to all customers.

A Netflix spokesperson said: "We have always been focused on providing our members both quality and clear value for their membership.

"Our updated prices reflect the investment we have made in our service and catalogue, and will allow us to continue making the series, documentaries and films our members love as well as investing in talent and the creative industry.

"We offer a range of plans so members can choose a price that works best for them."

The new price change is immediate for all new subscribers, but existing Netflix users will be notified by email 30 days before the increase come into effect, depending on their specific billing cycle.

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