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Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company was exploring ways to crack down on password-sharing, following Netflix’s path. But little did we know that the CEO was indenting to enforce the new password-sharing rules from next month. Disney+ has now started notifying users in Canada through email about the restrictions on password sharing.
The new restriction limits who you can share your Disney+ account with. According to the company’s email, users won’t be able to share their accounts or login credentials outside of their households. “Household means the collection of devices associated with your primary personal residence that are used by individuals that reside therein,” as explained by Disney+ on its Help Center page.
Disney+’s latest restrictions triggered anger among users. Some users on Reddit are pointing out that because of the new password-sharing rule, they can’t use the streaming service while traveling. Netflix has a solution to this problem. The streaming giant came up with a feature called Profile Transfer that allows users to pay extra to add more users who don’t live in the same household as the account owner. Unfortunately, Disney+ has no equivalent solution for now, meaning if you’re planning to shift to a different location, you might have to buy a separate Disney+ subscription to continue enjoying its content.
Although not confirmed, the company will likely introduce ways to add additional people outside the household when it’s widely available. And just like the company made an official announcement about its recent price hike across different parts of the world, we expect it to make an announcement regarding the new password-sharing rule with clarity. If you’re residing outside of Canada, you don’t have to worry about all this right now. That said, it’ll be interesting to see if Disney+ brings this new password-sharing limit to emerging markets as well.