Netflix has decided to attempt to clamp down on users who share their accounts with family members who live in other locations and both Amazon Prime Video UK and Blockbuster are mocking the service mercilessly for doing so.
The controversial crackdown is problematic since users are either claiming family members are living with them when they aren’t or are quitting Netflix over the monumentally ill-conceived move. Some might even say that if they weren’t paying the Obamas and other leftist radicals millions, they would have a much bigger viewership that would make cracking down on subscribers unnecessary.
Prime Video UK Twitter’s account trolled Netflix big time with an image that the platform put out in 2017. The company did an about-face and now wants every dime it can squeeze out of viewers. Amazon posted the image from Netflix of user-profiles spelling out “Who’s watching? Everyone who has our password.” It also ironically captioned it “Love is sharing a password.” How things have changed evidently.
Amazon has no issues with viewers sharing passwords. Netflix’s move will simply drive more business to Amazon no doubt.
— Prime Video UK (@primevideouk) May 25, 2023
Under the new rules that are now taking hold in 103 countries, including the US and UK, people watching Netflix using someone else’s account now have to create and pay for their own logins. If you still want to share an account with someone in a different household, you have to sign up for “paid sharing” at an added cost of $8 a month. For a service that is already not worth the price it is charging which ranges between $6.99 and $19.99 a month, that’s going to be the straw that broke the viewer’s back.
Blockbuster also knocked Netflix over the abusive move, saying it “didn’t care” if customers shared its product “as long as you returned it on time.” Blockbuster has one store left in Bend, Oregon but rumor has it that it’s about to make a comeback. The owners rejected Netflix trying to get them to buy the platform for $50 million in 2000, according to the Daily Mail.
Netflix users were not amused by the mandate. Many threatened to cancel over it.
One user posted, “Sorry but us as users should #Boicot Netflix and complain even delete accounts so they don’t force us to this. I pay extra to use 4 device it shouldn’t matter how I used them.”
A friendly reminder that when you used to rent videos from us. We didn’t care who you shared it with… As long as you returned it on time. @netflix
— Blockbuster (@blockbuster) May 25, 2023
Another quipped, “I’ll just delete @netflix tbh, the platform isn’t even that good and there’s so many other streaming services. @netflix is about to go the way of blockbuster.”
The Daily Mail claims that an “analysis of Google search data also reveals that online searches for ‘cancel Netflix account’ rocketed 2,939 percent in the UK on Wednesday, May 24.”
Paid sharing indicates that Netflix won’t stop password sharing. They’ll monetize it as the other way of making money.
Twitter users mocked Netflix as well and many headed for the exit:
This is the end of an era. #Netflix
When we rented dvds and VHS, nobody cared who watched it, as long as we returned it on time. H pic.twitter.com/bsHWA83FIc
— Oliya Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 29, 2023
Amazon clapped Netflix so damn hard lol
— Hobossy32D (@hobossy32d) May 25, 2023
Congratulations @netflix you just lost not one but 17 paid subscriptions. My family moves as unit. Your attempt to limit accounts to specific households while the majority of us travel for work is inexcusable. And I would suggest anyone else cancel their Netflix accounts as well.
— Cennamon Sorceress (@shescensational) May 24, 2023
I really want to see the business case rationale and analytics that went into this Netflix ‘strategy’. So many ppl are canceling accounts due to the password sharing policing. Make it make sense. pic.twitter.com/pjP1efFHVc
— Gwen (@GabwithGwen) May 24, 2023
I canceled my Netflix membership so fast. it’s the principle. They already charge us to share our accounts, that’s how it went from $8 to $15. Like no, you’re not charging me to tell me who I’m allowed to share my password with fuck Netflix. AND THE CONTENT TRASH pic.twitter.com/v1hqL9svzA
— Orlando Brown stan account (@T_Nitchelle) May 25, 2023
netflix really thinks we’re gonna buy 3 separate accounts since we all otherwise share one….
baby it was only worth the money because 3 households could use it. we’re literally just gonna cancel instead pic.twitter.com/gz3yNn5VHt
— ️ (@mitosisjones) May 23, 2023
i guess everyone is cancelling lmao, the average family has like 3-4 accounts in one household, NOBODY is paying $40+ for fucking Netflix, and they will realize that very very soon https://t.co/N1ad0pvWCU
— SiNB | Vera (@SiNB9879) May 23, 2023
As if I didn’t have enough to be angry at @netflix about now they’re policing who can and can’t watch on accounts through the wifi settings? Bold of you to assume that your content is worth keeping at this point. #SaveWarriorNun #WarriorNun pic.twitter.com/Tska7fOFTh
— Ash (@sapphic_ash23) May 24, 2023
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