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Disney fights streaming account sharing with help from cable industry

Enlarge / Here they come, all together in a streaming bundle. (credit: Disney / Sam Machkovech)
Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services.
The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the nation’s second-biggest cable company struck a new distribution agreement involving Disney’s Hulu, ESPN+, and the forthcoming Disney+. Customers could still buy those online services directly from Disney, but the new deal would also let them make those purchases through Charter’s Spectrum TV service.
If you buy a Disney service through Charter, be aware that the companies will work together to prevent you from sharing a login with friends. Disney and Charter said in their announcement yesterday that they have “agreed to work together on piracy mitigation. The two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing.”
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