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Feel free to keep stealing Netflix

Published Jan 8th, 2016 7:25PM EST
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You know how you’ve been feeling bad all these years for using your friend’s Netflix login instead of opening your own account? Well it turns out you shouldn’t feel bad at all because Netflix is totally cool with it. Seriously!

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Netflix is widely known for being a very consumer friendly company. While some companies spend more time trying to project the image of being pro-user than they do actually trying to better the user’s experience, Netflix is constantly working to improve the user experience. In fact, Netflix wants to make its users happy so badly that the company apparently doesn’t even care whether or not they pay.

“We love people sharing Netflix,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said while speaking at the annual Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. “That’s a positive thing, not a negative thing.”

Hastings went on to explain that people who share accounts often go on to become paying Netflix subscribers themselves. He used the example of a parent sharing a login with a child. According to Hastings, that child will usually grow up and become a Netflix subscriber him or herself.

The most interesting part of Hastings’s stance is the fact that Netflix accounts now support profiles for family members, so different users can log into accounts on the same device and get their own unique viewing history. Despite the existence of that family friendly feature, Netflix is apparently still happy to let people share their logins with others in the hopes that it will ultimately lead to even more paying customers.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.