This AI Tech Can Track Down Users Who Share Their Netflix Passwords

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Its chief aim is to allow media-service providers - such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc - to detect whether their users are sharing passwords with more people than they should.

It will spot if two different households that are clearly unrelated based on their geographical locations and preferences are sharing a single password.

Don't panic if you're just sharing with family and friends, as Netflix may just nudge you to upgrade to a premium account.

The Credential Sharing Insight software is available as a cloud or on-premise offering.

While Synamedia says it will help providers shut down large-scale, for-profit account sharing run by fraudsters, regular users will also be targeted for "upselling".

That includes a range of factors, from where an account is being accessed from, what time it's typically used, what TV shows or movies are being watched, and what device a user is using to access said content. However, the company wants to focus majorly on those who share their passwords with friends, family members, and roommates out of generosity.

The company says its software is clever enough to know if you're watching from your house or a holiday home.

Racine says that Synamedia's machine learning approach, which notes always-evolving "consumption patterns", is more flexible than a hard-coded algorithm that has to be updated manually and often.

Another form of password sharing, however, exists and this is detrimental to streaming service companies.

"Many casual users will be happy to pay an additional fee for a premium, shared service with a greater number of concurrent users", Synamedia CPO Jean Marc Racine said in a statement. Our new solution gives operators the ability to take action. According to a report by Parks Associate, users' habit of sharing passwords of streaming services with their friends could dent a whopping $9.9 billion to the industry by 2021.

Available as a cloud or on-premise offering, Synamedia Credentials Sharing Insight is already in trials with a number of pay-TV operators.

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