Netflix Profile Transfer Feature Hints at Upcoming Account Sharing Crackdown

Netflix has announced a new feature called Profile Transfer, allowing users to move their personalized recommendations, viewing history, My List, saved games, and other settings to a new account.

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Netflix is pitching the feature as an easy way for users to transition to a new account if their living circumstances change and they can't or no longer want to share an account with someone else in the same household. From the press release:

People move. Families grow. Relationships end. But throughout these life changes, your Netflix experience should stay the same. Today, we’re launching Profile Transfer, a feature that lets people using your account transfer a profile — keeping the personalized recommendations, viewing history, My List, saved games, and other settings — when they start their own membership.

As The Verge notes, it's not hard to infer an ulterior motive for Profile Transfer, given the company's stated intent to crack down on account sharing. The feature guides users through the process of starting a new Netflix account from an existing profile, which is what they would presumably be required to do when Netflix begins restricting access to subscribers who share the same household.

Netflix in April said that it lost subscribers in the first quarter of the year, and it marked the first subscriber loss for Netflix in more than a decade. Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers, and said it expected to lose two million more in the second quarter.

The subscriber loss was partially attributed to account sharing, and Netflix estimates that 222 million paying households are sharing with an additional 100 million households that are not being monetized.

Netflix started testing an extra payment for those who share their Netflix accounts with people outside their households in March. In Netflix's current test markets of Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, customers can pay an extra fee to share their accounts with two people outside of their household.

When the test was launched, Netflix said that it was working to "understand the utility of these two features" before making changes in other countries. Notably, Profile Transfer has been in testing since March in the same three countries, and is now rolling out more broadly. Other features geared towards monetization are expected to follow in its wake.

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Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
22 months ago
How about stop charging me for a "family" account as a single to get 4K then. Idiots. It is almost schizophrenic. They demand us to stop sharing an account but at the same time they do not offer a proper single option
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
22 months ago
That is still not going to convince me to renew my Netflix membership account.

The subscription will stay terminated for a very long time. Lost my trust after they got money hungry ?.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dejmo78 Avatar
22 months ago
If Netflix would put as much focus on content that they do on account sharing crack down, then maybe they could salvage their downfall. But with so many better (and even cheaper) options, there really is no need to be subscribed to their service anymore. Especially, since they are still charging extra for 4K - which is another nonsense all together.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ashdelacroix Avatar
22 months ago
Netflix became greedy. Losing more and more content, meaning I had to subscribe to other services, and then putting up prices again and again! So, no, Netflix, your time is up.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winxmac Avatar
22 months ago
If this was for done out of concern/good intentions, why was it not available early on? Should have been made available since 2010's
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Berti10 Avatar
22 months ago
Like YouTube, Netflix is in its late Fall.

No quality content, just money grab, Ads, and ridiculous pricing for content bloated with Channel sponsors and product placements.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)