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'Greed gets you nowhere': Netflix bashed for password sharing ban as Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'FUBAR' releases

Netflix rolled out crackdown in password sharing two days before 'FUBAR' premiere
UPDATED MAY 26, 2023
Viewers slam Netflix for password sharing ban as Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'FUBAR' drops (IMDb, Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
Viewers slam Netflix for password sharing ban as Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'FUBAR' drops (IMDb, Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘FUBAR', one of Netflix’s most-awaited new shows, premiered on Thursday, May 25, and is currently streaming on the platform. While fans are highly excited to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s TV debut, which opened to considerably positive reviews, many are left disappointed with Netflix’s latest decision to ban password sharing and have decided to cancel their subscription even at the cost of watching ‘FUBAR’ on other bootleg platforms instead.

The outrage among viewers came shortly after Netflix began rolling out its crackdown on password sharing in the US, just two days before ‘FUBAR’ released on the platform. Netflix said that it began alerting subscribers about its new password sharing policy on Tuesday, May 23. The company mentioned that subscribers can only share passwords within a single household or pay an extra fee for every person using their account outside of their household.


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‘Netflix will not get a dime from me’

In the wake of ‘FUBAR’ premiere, several viewers came together to comment below Netflix’s promotional post for the show to say that they would be canceling their Netflix subscription and watch the latest release elsewhere. “Fubar is now on the bootleg sites! Netflix will not get a dime from me,” one said. “I'm just gonna bootleg it after I cancel, since I can do that for free, in multiple locations,” another added. “Dang. Won't see it, since Netflix's attack on blended families has forced me to cancel Netflix. Why would I pay for 2 accounts just so my children (who are part of my household) can watch their shows when visiting their mother? Netflix has gotten too greedy for its own good,” a third commented. “Fubar is the perfect representation of your company. How many cancellations did you have today??” questioned another. One said, “Talk about FUBAR, the fact you are making us jump through hoops to use the accounts we are already overpaying for is absolute nonsense. I was already considering cutting back on streamers, and you just made it to the top of my list” while another added, “i will not be renewing my netflix subscription. i’ve decided amazon prime video and putlocker is where i shall be heading. goodbye Netflix.” “Subscription cancelled, instead of £15.99 a month you'll get nothing. Greed gets you nowhere,” another wrote.








Many Twitter users also trolled Netflix by sharing a screenshot of a 2017 tweet where the company themselves encouraged password sharing among subscribers.


One user shared the image with a caption that read, “Before you got greedy.” Meanwhile, another simply wrote, “In 2017 they said this.” Another viewer said, “You sit on a throne of lies @netflix. First you say you are gonna stop account sharing, then after all the hate you received you said it was "miscommunication & not happening" Now you're saying you're going to move forward on banning accounts who won't pay extra for sharing?




Why is Netflix cracking down on password sharing?

Netflix users have long been sharing passwords with multiple account holders under one subscription. However, members of the platform were left shocked after the company announced its decision to crack down on password sharing earlier this year. The decision came amid Netflix’s financial struggle against growing competition from other streaming platforms such as Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Videos, among others.

Netflix reportedly reportedly lost nearly a million subscribers between April and July 2022 making survival even more challenging for them in the middle of a global economic downturn. While the company attempted to increase pricing, it was reportedly not enough to invest in new content, the publication noted. As nearly 100 million users continued to share their passwords, Netflix decided to monetize the practice. On Tuesday, May 23, Netflix rolled out its crackdown on passwords in the US.

“Starting today, we will be sending this email to members who are sharing Netflix outside their household in the United States,” the streaming giant wrote in a statement as per Forbes. “A Netflix account is for use by one household. Everyone living in that household can use Netflix wherever they are — at home, on the go, on holiday — and take advantage of new features like Transfer Profile and Manage Access and Devices,” it added.

“We recognize that our members have many entertainment choices. It’s why we continue to invest heavily in a wide variety of new films and TV shows — so whatever your taste, mood or language and whoever you’re watching with, there’s always something satisfying to watch on Netflix,” the release concluded.


‘Make Season 2’

Despite the outrage against Netflix for its new password sharing policy, its latest show, ‘FUBAR', is already seeing demands of a second season from fans. “I have just showed 2 episodes of #FUBARand its amazing!! I really like to see one more time the great Arnold @Schwarzenegger in an action movie/series. Make Season 2!!” one wrote. “@Schwarzenegger what an amazing adventure. Can’t wait for another season #FUBAR,” tweeted another. “Hey @Schwarzenegger #FUBAR s awesome. Hoping for a season 2,” a third commented. One said, “@Schwarzenegger okay Fubar is unbelievable! I need season 2 fast please. You did an amazing job as usual Governor! Thank you for being my action hero” while another added, “@Schwarzenegger and @TomArnold back together again! #Fubar has been such a blast to watch. Hopefully we get a season 2. Keep up the great work.”






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