Netflix is desperate?: An extra member is more expensive than the Ads plan

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2023
Updated • Feb 9, 2023
Music and Video

Netflix announced earlier this year that it had plans to do something about the sharing of accounts. The company revealed that more than 100 million of its customers were sharing accounts with members outside of the household, even though that was disallowed by Netflix' terms of service.

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In an update to the company's plans, published yesterday on the official Netflix website, the company announced an expansion of account sharing restrictions to more regions.

Netflix tested account sharing restrictions in South America first. Customers who shared account with members of other households could buy extra members to allow the other household to continue watching Netflix under the account.

Now, the system is launching in Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Canada. Netflix highlights how it has added new features to the service to improve member control over their accounts and account access.

One of the main features is the primary location of an account. It is that location that Netflix uses as the basis when determining account sharing. While Netflix supports an travel option, to allow customers to watch the service when travelling, it is restricting access to the primary location for the most part.

Customers may buy an extra member, according to Netflix, if they are subscribed to the Standard or Premium plan. Netflix Basic with Ads and Basic plans do not support the option. That new account is limited to a single sub-membership, and it is good for up to two people depending on the primary account's plan. Each of the two gets a unique profile, login and password that they use to sign-in to Netflix.

Standard plan customers get the option to add one extra member, premium plan customers the option to add up to two extra members.

The price varies from region to region. Portuguese Netflix customers pay an extra €3.99 per month, while users from across the border in Spain €5.99. In Canada, Netflix customers pay  CAD $7.99 extra, and New Zealand customers NZD $7.99.

At least in some regions, Netflix's Basic with Ads plan is cheaper than the price of the extra member plan. Basic with Ads costs $5.99 in Canada, while the extra member plan $7.99. In Spain, Netflix customers would pay €0.50 less for the Basic with Ads plan than an extra member. For and additional €2, members could get the Basic plan, which is ad-free and includes downloads support.

Netflix revealed that it will roll out the new extra member feature to more regions in the coming months. It seems likely that pricing will be similar in most regions. Basic with Ads plans, if available, will likely be a bit cheaper than the extra member option.

Standard and premium plans offer higher resolutions and downloads on more devices. Premium is the only plan that supports spatial audio.

Netflix's plans and pricing page already highlights the ability to add an extra member in supported regions.

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Netflix customers may purchase up to two extra member slots to allow non-household members to watch the service.
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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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