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Aaron Morris

Netflix's new 'remote logout' lets account holders boot out freeloaders

Netflix has launched a brand-new feature to further crack down on account sharing - by letting owners forcibly boot parties out of their account with one simple click of a mouse.

So if you have an ex who is still binging their favourite shows despite breaking up with them months ago, or you only have one screen and someone else is hogging it - you can put it all to an end in the blink of an eye.

The new feature entitled 'remote logout' means that the account holder can kick off any other devices which have used that login to stream content.

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And while it's a great way to discourage freeloaders, the streaming platform also say it's quite a nifty way of removing your account from other devices with ease - like hotel TVs which you might have forgot to log out of.

In a blog post, the company wrote: "With the busy holiday season just around the corner, many of our members will be on the move and watching Netflix wherever they are traveling to see family and friends. Logging in to your account while at a hotel or even your friend’s house is easy and intuitive, but occasionally people forget to log out.

"Today, we’re launching Managing Access and Devices, a new feature in Account Settings that allows you to easily view recent devices that have streamed from your account and to log out of specific devices with just one click."

The new option was unveiled just after last month, Netflix announced that they were considering 'monetising account sharing' from next year onwards.

The Metro reports that investors were told: "We’ve landed on a thoughtful approach to monetise account sharing and we’ll begin rolling this out more broadly starting in early 2023. After listening to consumer feedback, we are going to offer the ability for sharers to manage their devices more easily and to create sub-accounts, if they want to pay for family or friends."

The platform also recently launched a cheaper subscription plan for those who are happy to stream their favourite content with advertisements. In the UK, it sets watchers back just £4.99 per month.

With the option, there are said to be an average of four to five minutes worth of of advertisements each hour.

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