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NETFLIX could charge you an extra £2/$2 a month for each person you share your login with.

The streaming giant is due to begin cracking down on "account piggybackers" in early 2023 – and insiders have given The Sun their predictions for the increased bills.

Netflix has been warning about the move for months, but only confirmed plans to charge account-sharers a monthly fee this week.

If people who live outside of your household are logging into your Netflix account, you will pay additional charges from early next year.

Netflix hasn't confirmed exactly how much this fee will be, but experts say it could be an additional $2/£2 a month per bonus user.

We spoke to industry insider and Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who said it could mean a big payday for Netflix.

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"My guess is that they will allow up to four accounts per household at the current price," Michael told The Sun.

"And will charge a modest fee ($2/month) for 'extra' accounts.

"I expect them to modify this when a second location logs in (kid away at school) and seek the $2 charge then."

He added: "There are probably 1 – 2 'extra' accounts that they can capture per subscriber.

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Netflix to charge 'extra monthly fee' for sharing logins from early 2023

"So if 50% of their 220million accounts agrees to pay $2 per month more, that's $200million a month."

That would still make it significantly cheaper to share a login than buy your own.

But the burden will fall on the account holder, which could spark a few arguments.

Getting the price exactly right will be extremely important, according to PP Foresight analyst and industry expert Paolo Pescatore.

"Netflix will need to tread carefully," Paolo told The Sun.

"This has got to be well under a fiver to avoid any user backlash.

"Otherwise it might force some users to downgrade or cancel altogether."

Cheap as chips

It comes just days after Netflix revealed its cheap new ad-supported subscription plan.

Last week the streaming giant announced that the new Basic With Ads tier would cost just $6.99/£4.99 per month.

That's in contrast to Netflix Basic pricing, which comes in at $9.99/£6.99.

It's set to go live on November 3, and will show adverts between 15 and 30 seconds long before and during series and films.

The new tier, Basic With Ads, is launching in 12 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK and the US.

"Basic with Adverts is everything people love about Netflix, at a lower price, with a few adverts in-between," Netflix's Greg Peters said.

The new plan, which Netflix first teased in April, offers most of the features of its Basic plan but with a few small differences.

Customers will be able to stream at HD resolution (720p) on up to one device at a time. Basic is also upgrading to 720p resolution.

An average of four to five minutes of video adverts will play per hour.

Netflix said it will avoid playing the same advert too many times.

A handful of films and TV series won't be available on the new plan due to licensing restrictions.

There will also be no ability to download movies and series with Basic with Adverts on the app.

Cleaning up your act

Netflix is also offering a route out for account "piggybackers" who share logins.

You can now move your profile off of the account you've been sharing.

Users can migrate their profile with all their recommendations and favourites to a different account.

Netflix is positioning Profile Transfer as something needed when people move out or when you break up.

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"No matter what’s going on, let your Netflix profile be a constant in a life full of changes so you can sit back, relax and continue watching right from where you left off," said Timi Kosztin Product Manager in Netflix's Product Innovation team.

The feature began rolling out this week.

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