Archive for December 22nd, 2017

Uh-oh: Cable companies threatening crackdown on password sharing …

December 22, 2017

Will Amazon Prime be next?

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You had to know that this one was coming.

According to Bloomberg:

“Using someone else’s credentials to stream for free will soon be a $10 billion problem for pay-TV companies.”

Apparently, the problem isn’t just a matter of sharing passwords across extended families.

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There’s reportedly a thriving market for passwords-to-buy (at deep discounts, of course) or password swapping (I give you my NFL password and you give me your HBO password).

And, the problem has reached epic proportions: as many as “30,000 simultaneous streams from a single account.”

So, what is the cable industry going to do about it?

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