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Netflix Isn’t Limiting Your Concurrent Streams

By | Posted - Sep. 7, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.

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Outrage over Netflixs apparent decision to limit concurrent content streams to one per customer may have been for naught. The company has responded, claiming that stream limitation messages were displayed in error.
First reported by Stop the Cap and later confirmed in Mashables own tests, it looked like Netflix was finally enforcing its concurrent streaming policy, which according to its terms of service, limits streaming-only customers to one stream at a time. Additional streams are available to users that pay more per month.
Netflixs spokesman Steve Swasey responded to Time via email, noting that no Netflix member is limited to less than two concurrent streams. A few Netflix members have heard differently from us, which is an error that we are correcting.
When Mashables Ben Parr was researching the issue yesterday, he found that while movie streams were limited to one per account, he was successfully able to concurrently stream more than one TV show at once. That gives credence to Netflixs claim that this was just an unexpected glitch.
My Netflix plan allows me to stream on two devices at once, but in my own rudimentary tests, I was able to successfully stream content on my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone and via a Roku player simultaneously.
Crisis averted for now. Netflix has had a rough few months. Last week, one of the companys premier content partners, Starz, announced that it had ended renewal discussions with the subscription streaming giant. To compound issues, this news came the same day that Netflixs price increases went into effect. Meanwhile, reports indicate that Dish Network is planning to launch its own Netflix competitor in October.
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