Netflix Turns Into Google's Agent To Stop Rooting

Netflix Turns Into Google's Agent To Stop Rooting

Netflix has disabled its Android app through the Google Play app store on rooted Android phones, Android Police reports.

It looks like the latest version of Netflix has blocked access to its Android app to all rooted/unlocked devices.

Rooting or unlocking of Android phones and devices is quite common with users, as they want to avail a new software version as soon as it is released, without waiting for the OTA release. As we're now finding out, a rooted Android device does not meet the criteria necessary, simply because it does open up the possibility to piracy. Apparently Netflix fears that users with rooted phones and tablets will download content from Netflix and strip away copy protections. The change, according to Netflix, is meant to make it harder for people to pirate the company's video content by using a new digital rights management platform, or DRM. However, earlier today, eagle-eyed users started noting that Netflix was showing as incompatible for users of rooted or unlocked Android handsets. The term refers to "root access", which gives the end user control over options that the phone's manufacturer had previously prevented them from accessing.




Netflix said the version 5.0 upgrade was created to prevent piracy, and that the change is about copy protection. Disturbingly, this appears to apply to devices that are rooted or unlocked. Pirating its content has become very easy now, as Netflix allows downloading of a show to your mobile device, instead of merely streaming it. The technology provides one of three security levels for each device, depending on which processes run in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).

That's not to say the app has stopped working entirely on rooted users' devices.

After looking into the situation, AndroidPolice got a reply back from Netflix stating that it uses Google's own Widevine DRM system to rate devices and validate installation. But when you do so, you'll lose all improvements made by Netflix.

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