We knew it was coming but Disney has now revealed when it will arrive. The company says it will begin restricting password sharing for its Disney+ app in November. The Disney Plus password-sharing restrictions will begin in Canada at first and roll out to other regions as the weeks go by.
At the moment Disney has yet to reveal how exactly the company plans on restricting passwords across its streaming services. The email announcing the rollout simply says “We’re implementing restrictions on your ability to share your account or login credentials outside of your household.”
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The company has also updated its FAQ and Help Centre to include these new details saying “You may not share your subscription outside of your household”. Keep in mind that this is only visible on the Canadian subscriber agreement page at the time of writing.
Disney has been transparent with this whole situation from the start. Earlier last month, the company confirmed it was looking into ways to lockdown password-sharing. It claims to have the “technical capability” to monitor sign-ins and who accesses your account and from where.
It will be interesting to see how Disney rolls this out in South Africa given how we don’t use passwords and instead cellphone numbers as login details. But that won’t stop the company from tracking where you’re logging into your account from.
Netflix has already clamped down on password-sharing in South Africa. If you log into your account from outside of the regular location, the service warns you about it. Continuous login attempts will then ask for extra payment to share your service with other members.
Disney has yet to reveal whether or not the company will follow the same structure.