Since Netflix's arrival in Australia, a lot has changed. It's helped to coin the overused term 'Netflix and chill' and it's allowed many of us to see the true nature of our stingy familiars. But the streaming giant might finally be doing something about your freeloading friends and family who enjoy the benefits of your subscription without sending you a cent.
Netflix Australia has announced an increase to its pricing, effective immediately. The price hike affects new and existing customers on Netflix's premium plan who will now be slugged an extra $2 per month. Here are the details (and why we think it's a terrible decision.)
Netflix's chief product officer Greg Peters has said in an interview the service is "continuing to monitor" users who are sharing their password with multiple people rather than setting up their own accounts, as reported by 7News. Right now, Netflix allows up to four individualised users on a single subscription across six registered devices. Depending on the plan you've chosen, up to four screens can be streamed at one time.
"We'll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that," Peters said.
"We have no plans to announce at this point in time, in terms of doing something differently."
While there doesn't seem to be any immediate plans to burn off your Netflix leeches just yet, it's possible Netflix will go down a similar path to Spotify, which recently began vetting Family account users to confirm they all actually lived within the same address.
But how will my friends possibly piggyback off my subscription payments now?
If you're happy with your status as a streaming Santa, then Netflix isn't actually doing anything about it yet. It's just said it knows what's going on and it's probably a little mad about it.
But if and when Netflix begins its crackdown, you can simply set them up as a registered account so they don't mess up your algorithm anyway. If you've already got too many accounts set up, maybe consider politely requesting they pay for their own account.
Or just change your password.
Netflix is constantly trialling new features to enhance the user experience. What you might not realise is that the customers who participate in these trials are not randomly chosen by the company. Instead, there's an opt-in app for Netflix nerds that anyone can sign up to! Here's how to join the club.