Amazon deletes tweet endorsing Prime Video account sharing

Martin Brinkmann
May 27, 2023
Music and Video

Netflix is launching tools in more and more countries to prevent the sharing of a Netflix account outside of the primary household. The company launched password sharing restrictions in the United States, Germany and several other countries recently and plans to expand these to all regions it is available in.

Netflix argues that about 100 million households use the streaming service without paying for it. To put this into perspective: Netflix has about 233 million subscribers.

Amazon's social media team published a tweet as a response to Netflix's launch of anti-password sharing functionality in Germany, in which the tech giant seemingly endorsed the sharing of passwords for watching Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon was applauded for this, but has deleted the tweet since then. The tweet, fired off from the official Prime Video DE account, simply stated "Wisst Ihr Bescheid", which translates to "you know".

It had an image attached, which showed the Amazon Prime Video profile selection screen. Five profiles were shown, which formed the sentence "Alle Personen Mit Meinem Password", which translates to "All people with my password".

Amazon did not publish a statement regarding the deletion of the tweet on Twitter. German publisher Heise received a statement from Amazon's press office, in which the company stated that account sharing was prohibited in the terms of service.

The full German text of the statement: "Ich stelle klar: Prime-Kunden sind laut Amazon AGB für die 'Sicherstellung der Vertraulichkeit des Kontos und Passworts' verantwortlich. Ein Teilen des Kontos und Passworts mit Dritten verstößt hiergegen."

The English translation: "I clarify: Prime customers are responsible for 'ensuring the confidentiality of the account and password' according to Amazon's T&Cs. Sharing the account and password with third parties violates this."

All major video streaming services prohibit the sharing of passwords and other means of access with third-parties. Netflix is the first major streaming service to block access to the service if its algorithms detect use in different households.

The company expects that subscriber counts drop initially but expects them to rise significantly after an initial period.

Netflix added several options to its service recently that help customers end password sharing. The streaming service's two largest plans support adding non-households slots for a fee. Other options include moving profiles to new accounts, so that current account sharers may keep their viewing profiles in new accounts, and the introduction of a cheaper, but ad-powered, plan.

It is still unclear how the experiment will turn out for Netflix. If Netflix is right, in that subscriber counts will increase in the long term, it is likely that other streaming services will start to implement similar restrictions.

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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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