“To ensure that your devices are associated with your primary location, connect to the Wi-Fi at your primary location, open the Netflix app or website, and watch something at least once every 31 days,” the company says on its support page.
If you don’t do this, your device will be blocked.
This means if you are a university student borrowing your parents’ Netflix plan on your laptop, you would need to travel home at least once a month and log in to Netflix on the WiFi.
Since then, Netflix claims it errantly posted password sharing rules that would block devices outside of subscribers’ homes in U.S, but that sounds like damage control.
How have we got to this place? Is it because people are greedy and don’t want to pay for a service? Is it because they want to split the cost of a service that’s not used 24/7 by a person? Or is it because greedy
pigs corporate execs need to squeeze bigger profits and to please shareholders? Heh.
So while I agree that probably password sharing is not, let’s just make a small roundup of streaming services in Romania:
- Netflix: €7.99-11.99/mo
- HBOMax: €4.99/mo or €39.90/year
- Disney+: ~€6/mo or ~€61/year
- Prime Video: ~€2.85/mo
- Youtube Premium: ~€5.30/mo
- Spotify: €4.99
In total, you’d get at about €32-36/mo in a country where minimum wage is about €300. Of course, you don’t need to get all of them (or any), but you can see how these can add up. And I wouldn’t mind paying for most of these (I currently am), but the corporate greed and audacity of these has reached some insane levels.
HBO and Discovery merger cancelled many of their European productions. They also cancelled a ton of their biggest shows, including Westworld (lol!), and Raised by Wolves.
Netflix axed a lot of shows, but the most surprising was the cancellation of 1899, a show that hit the top position in many countries for weeks.
In conclusion, I think we’ve hit the peak of the streaming services, new user acquisition is very hard for them now, since everyone is either a member, or not interested, so they’re getting desperate and trying all kinds of strategies, from preventing password sharing, to ad-supported subscriptions.
Many people will slowly get away from the streaming services and either stop watching at stuff, or we’re simply going to see an increase in piracy, making
rarbg dot to again the primary source of home serial entertainment.