The Disney+ password-sharing crackdown is happening sooner than expected, with Canada being the first country to face restrictions. Disney has recently emailed Canadian subscribers to inform them that sharing their password outside of their household will no longer be allowed, starting on November 1st. The updated subscriber agreement clearly states that subscribers can only share their account with individuals residing in the same primary residence. The move comes after Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the company’s intention to stop password sharing during their Q3 earnings call in August. Initially, the restrictions were supposed to be implemented next year, but the timeline has been moved up significantly.
The amended subscriber agreement does mention an exception to the ban on account sharing. Disney hints that it may introduce new subscription plans that allow password sharing across households, but the details of these tiers are yet to be revealed. It is likely that Disney will follow in Netflix’s footsteps and charge users an extra monthly fee to enable sharing their account with individuals outside of their household. The agreement also states that Disney may analyze account usage to ensure compliance and take appropriate measures if violations are found, including limiting or terminating access to the service.
In summary, Disney is cracking down on password sharing on its streaming service, Disney+, with the new restrictions set to take effect in Canada from November 1st. Subscribers will no longer be able to share their account outside of their household. However, there may be future subscription plans that allow password sharing across households, potentially at an additional cost. The company will monitor account usage and can take actions if violations are detected, including limiting or terminating access to the service.