Netflix Changes Policy To Allow Streaming To Two Devices At Once | MULTI CHANNEL NEWS
By TODD SPANGLER
Netflix is changing its policy that restricted U.S. streaming-only customers to a single device at a time for watching TV shows or movies — which it was not actively enforcing until last week — to let them use at least two devices simultaneously, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
“No Netflix member is limited to less than two concurrent streams,” Steve Swasey, Netflix vice president of corporate communications, said in an e-mail.
That’s a change from Netflix’s previous policy. “If you are on the Unlimited Streaming plan, the Unlimited Streaming + 1 DVD out-at-a-time plan or a limited streaming plan, you may watch only one device at a time,” the company says in an FAQ on its site.
Though the one-stream-per-household policy was not new, Netflixreportedly began enforcing that restriction only starting last week.
Netflix is updating its site and terms of service to reflect the number of devices streaming-only subscribers can access, Swasey said.
In July, Netflix irritated many customers by announcing a price change eliminating the combined DVDs-by-mail and streaming plans. Now, Netflix offers U.S. customers the streaming-only plan for $7.99 per month, as well as DVD plans starting at $7.99 per month for one disc out at a time. The price change went into effect for existing customers Sept. 1.
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