Netflix announced a new set of rules to limit some of the account sharing that has been a core behavior of the company’s user base. The announcement came out as a long-awaited declaration to impending changes the company had long talked about making.
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What are Netflix’s new rules?
So, what are Netflix’s new rules, and how will they affect your streaming experience? In this article, we will review these changes, as well as your options across other streaming apps that may better suit your needs.
Limiting users to within a household
Account holders will have to set up a primary location, and this will then limit account users to individuals only within that same household.
Increased control over who has access to your account
Account holders will be able to see what devices are using their account and remove any that they don’t approve of, similar to how you can see these features on your Google or Apple accounts.
You can transfer your profile to a new account
If you don’t live in the same household with someone and want to now transfer your profile to a new account, you can do so without losing your whole viewing history.
Subscription plan tiers with various numbers of users
Now, you can sign up for the Standard or Premium plan to gain access to more devices or additional profiles, which you can purchase as individual add-ons.
What can other streaming services offer?
Whether the changes to Netflix impact your user needs or not, you may be curious what other alternatives there are when it comes to finding the streaming apps with the best content. Here are five platforms you may want to consider.
HBO Max is home to the high-quality selection of HBO originals, as well as other features. Their plans are available at a variety of price points, separated by ads or ad-free. With ads, you can pay $9.99 per month (or save 16% by paying for the year), or without ads you can pay $15.99 per month (or save 20% by paying for the year). The variety of TV series, dramas, and funny movies on HBO Max means that everyone in your household will find content to fit their taste.
Disney+ and Hulu
Disney+ and Hulu come as a pair and are home to content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, live TV, and more. Some bundles even include ESPN+. Their most basic plan as a pair starts at $9.99 per month, and there are three tiers, with the highest being the ad-free package with ESPN+, at $19.99 per month. The Disney+ student discount can also help you save on your subscription if you are currently in school, and the Hulu live TV channels can help you eliminate your cable bill.
Amazon Prime Video
Subscribing to Amazon Prime can help you make the most of your streaming subscription by also accessing faster shipping on your Amazon Prime purchases. Amazon Prime Video price is only $8.99 per month, but the full Prime membership that includes fast shipping is $14.99 per month. When it comes to saving money via free shipping, bundling this membership to pay for the higher price point tends to benefit customers.
Apple TV+ features a full library of Apple originals and is unique in its offering of a free trial period with every subscription tier. The Apple TV+ free trial offers 3-months free if you buy an Apple device, 7-days free if you buy the basic plan of $6.99 per month, or 1-month free if you buy Apple One’s bundled plan.
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