Use Netflix Watch Now on more than 3 PCs

Martin Brinkmann
May 27, 2008
Updated • Dec 30, 2012

Each Netflix subscription gives users access to a small movie library that can be accessed instantly from up to three PCs. All subscription plans except for the cheapest one include unlimited hours of watching movies on the computer. This service is limited to three computers though which might not be enough depending on the size of your household and your tech equipment.

Thankfully though it is fairly easy to authorize additional computers so that the Netflix Watch Now option is also available on them. The check if a computer may use the Watch Now option is done in the Windows Registry. The Tech Recipe website found a simply way to copy the key of an authorized computer and import it to another computer to authorize that computer as well.

A user who wants to do that needs to start the Windows Registry on a computer that has the Watch Now option enabled. This is done by using the Windows R keyboard shortcut, entering regedit and hitting enter. Now navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Netflix\ Movie Viewer\ and left-click the Movie Viewer key.

Now access the export option under File > Export and save that key to the computer. Now copy that key to another computer running the same operating system. Open the Registry again and import the key using the File > Import menu. The key is specific to the operating system of the computer which means that you cannot import an XP key into Vista and vice verse.

Update: Netflix users can now associate up to six devices at any time with their account. The list of currently active devices is listed under Your Account on Netflix. Note that you can use the menu to activate or deactivate devices. Depending on your plan, you may also be able to watch simultaneously on multiple devices.


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