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Nearly 1 in 3 people are leeching off someone’s Apple Music account

Almost half of those surveyed shared their Netflix password.

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These days, there is a continuous rise in the popularity of subscription-based services. Due to this increase in popularity, people are seriously considering migrating from expensive satellite and cable packages for good. By the end of 2018, an estimated 33 million adults across the U.S. officially migrated from traditional cable to streaming services.

Comparitech surveyed 1,000 streamers on various streaming services to determine how ethical they think it is to share their passwords with friends or family, and how many actually perform the deed.

One of the streaming services in question was obviously Netflix. The service has about roughly 133 million users all around the world, and to everyone’s surprise, Netflix was not the most shared service despite being polled the most popular streaming service among streamers.

The most shared streaming service award went to MLB.TVwhere a reported 77% of users were either giving access to other users or receiving access from other users. This could be because quitting cable for sports fans can be quite difficult and MLB.TV is also pretty expensive with prices on the rise.

Here’s the chart that shows all the streaming services and the amount they are shared

Streaming services having their passwords shared

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Now, a fun fact about sharing your Netflix is that not only does this cost the company over $192 million every month but it is also illegal. However, the legality of sharing your password is extremely technical making it hard to enforce so you shouldn’t be that worried if your sister is stilling using your account.

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Comparitech found out that the number one reason for people giving out their credentials was that they simply wanted to be kind. 62 percent of streamers stated that sharing access to their accounts was a sort of a friendly gesture, while 39 percent of users shared their account because the recipient they shared their account with shared a different service with them.

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Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.

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