Reader Joey discovered that Netflix has changed the number of simultaneous streaming sessions per account. "Netflix is now limiting how many devices can be watched at one time on the Unlimited Watch Now plan. The originally had it where 4 devices could watch at a time and now they limited it down to 2 devices that can watch at a time, which upsets me because I have 3 devices on my Netflix causing me to switch to the Netflix 3 dvds at a time so 3 devices can watch at the same time."
The current policy for simultaneous streaming from Netflix help:
A: Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device. If you are on the 1-disc-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the 2-discs-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time. Members on the 3-disc plan can watch on up to three devices. The maximum is four devices -- available for members on the 4-or-greater-discs-out-at-a-time plan.
Your account can have up to six unique authorized devices activated (and associated with it) at any given time, including personal computers and Netflix-ready devices. For example, if you're on the 1-disc plan, you can have up to six devices associated with your account, but you can only watch one of them at a time. If you're on the 2-disc plan, you can have up to six devices activated but can only watch two of them at the same time.
I wrote about this last year, but I'm not sure when they changed the policy.
How many simultaneous streams do you need?