The test will start in the next few weeks in three countries, including Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Netflix is giving subscribers the option to share their subscriptions with people outside their households in a move to tighten up on unapproved password sharing.
Netflix is also studying another feature that will allow members on a basic, standard or premium plan to transfer their profile information to a new account or a sub account, retaining data such as viewing history and personalised recommendations.
Through the test, Netflix will start letting standard- and premium-plan customers add accounts for up to two people they don’t live with for an extra monthly charge. These extra members will have their own profiles, personalized recommendations, and logins and passwords.
The company is testing the features in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru, allowing members on its standard and premium plans to add up to two people.
The fee will be 2,380 Chilean pesos ($2.98) in Chile, $2.99 in Costa Rica, and 7.9 Peruvian sol ($2.11) in Peru. Netflix notes this is cheaper than if the secondary users get their own accounts.
In a blog post, Director of innovation content Chengyi Long said: “We’ve always made it easy for people who live together to share their Netflix account, with features like separate profiles and multiple streams in our standard and premium plans.”
“While these have been hugely popular, they have also created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared. As a result, accounts are being shared between households — impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.”