What did we do before Netflix? It’s tough to imagine a life without having an endless back-catalogue of shows readily at our disposal.
The whole thing becomes even sweeter when you’re still using someone else’s account and you don’t have to pay a penny for the privilege.
Well it seems there could be some bad news on the horizon for the Netflix-savvy amongst us in the form of some brand new monitoring software.
Software company Synamedia unveiled the new system at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, which will be able to analyse factors such as where users are logged on, and through this, flag shared accounts.
Digital Spy report that there’s no need to enter full panic mode just yet if you’re just sharing with family and friends. Apparently if this is the case the streaming service may just prompt you to upgrade to a premium account. Which still isn’t ideal but it could be much worse.
The software is primarily designed to seek out accounts that are being sold through for-profit organisations. Any accounts found being accessed like this could potentially be shut down.
“Casual credentials sharing is becoming too expensive to ignore,” Jean Marc Racine, CPO of Synamedia, said.
“Our new solution gives operators the ability to take action. Many casual users will be happy to pay an additional fee for a premium, shared service with a greater number of concurrent users.
“It’s a great way to keep honest people honest while benefiting from an incremental revenue stream.”
Hopefully Netflix won’t allow the software to have too much of an impact on those amongst us who rely so heavily on the platform.
The streaming service had recently been testing a new rewind feature that didn’t prove to be too popular amongst viewers.
“We’re trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favorite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button,” a Netflix spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. “Right now we’re just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.”