Entertainment &Online Video &Video Rental Steven Kippel on 22 May 2012

Netflix planning multiple-stream accounts

Netflix planning multiple-stream accounts

Netflix has announced plans for a new subscription plan for multi-user households. Set to be available later this year, the new plans will allow streams of content to multiple devices within the house.

As Netflix has become more and more ubiquitous, more multi-user homes have been subscribing, causing headaches all around. Families have had to purchase hybrid Blu-ray Discs in order to provide individual user account access.

Personally, I have a stream on my PlayStation 3 and one on my MacBook simultaneously. It’s only an issue with two non-browser devices.

This isn’t a new concept for Netflix. They have offered multiple DVD queues so my wife and I could have separate queues. It seems like a no-brainer to just provide a user setting.

But it’s not so simple. The new plans will have new pricing structures. So if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s Netflix still doesn’t care about the customer.

2 Responses to “Netflix planning multiple-stream accounts”

  1. on 22 May 2012 at 2:18 PM 1.Wesley Novack said …

    So the workaround is to use a Netflix Blu-ray Disc on an internet connected Blu-ray player? Like the one they provided for the PS3 before they had a native app?

  2. on 23 May 2012 at 10:36 AM 2.Steven Kippel said …

    Each person would have to have their own streaming account at $7.99 a pop, and the BD disc would be designated for each user.

    Last year, Netflix started enforcing the multiple stream limitation. http://mashable.com/2011/09/06/netflix-movie-stream-limits/

    They claim that two streams are view-able at once, and that’s my experience as I stated, but some people are finding they can’t start a second stream.

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