Netflix has set out plans where it will charge users extra if they use their account in more than one place.

The company will ask people to pay an extra subscription if they use their account in more than one “home”.

As reported by The Independent, Netflix will scan users’ devices and their account activity in an attempt to find out when their logins are being used in more than one location.

It will try and find shared accounts by using “information such as IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity”, and encourages people to keep all devices in one home on the same internet connection.

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An exception is made for “travelling” – but users can only visit a given place once per year, Netflix says in its support documents.

Initially, this will be rolled out as a test in select countries in August, and the streaming service has suggested it will become more widespread in the future.

At the moment it will not be trialled in the UK, but it may only be a matter of time.

In the US they plan to charge an extra $2.99 for each location, which would be an extra £2.49 in the UK at current conversion rates.

This news comes as Netflix shed almost one million subscribers during the spring amid tougher competition and soaring inflation squeezing household budgets.

The April-June contraction of 970,000 accounts, announced on Tuesday (July 19) as part of Netflix’s second-quarter earnings report, is by far the largest quarterly subscriber loss in the company’s 25-year history.