Having a rooted Android device gives you functionalities that a non-rooted device can’t. However, if your Android device is rooted, you can no longer access Netflix. You’ll need to take extra steps to watch your favorite movies in this app on the go.
According to Android Police’s report, Netflix confirmed that it has made its app unavailable on rooted Android phones.
“With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.”
Widevine Digital Rights Management
It’s utilized to offer protection to providers who supply content on Android devices. This latest update is designed to fight against piracy. It’s particularly useful considering that the app has started to offer local downloads on mobile devices.
With rooting, you can perform a lot of tasks. These would include customizing the core functions of the said operating system. If you have a rooted device, you can easily rip shows that you have downloaded on your phone.
No More Netflix On Rooted Device?
It’s still possible to access Netflix on your rooted device. You just need to obtain the Netflix installation file from a third-party. Once you’ve obtained it, install it manually on your device. Doing so will allow you to receive regular updates without having to go through the Google Play Store.
Power users own the majority of rooted devices. In 2015, a study found that only seven percent of federal employees are using a rooted device while they’re at work.
Despite the small number, this latest update shows that many users still want to use their phones without restrictions. These companies want to make sure that their contents are well-protected. Users who use rooted phones have to deal with the downsides of security updates.
What about other apps?
Hulu and other competing apps haven’t announced yet whether or not they’re making similar moves. If you still want to use your rooted device and watch movies on Netflix, you simply don’t update your app. But when you do so, you’ll lose all improvements made by Netflix. Then again, it’s an acceptable trade-off if you’re just a casual Netflix enthusiast.
Rooted devices aren’t just used for piracy. Everyone with a rooted device knows it. However, Google doesn’t care about how you want to customize your device. It wants to protect its property. With the use of Widevine DRM platform, it creates limitations on the type of hardware and software that a person can use on its device.
This decision of Netflix isn’t surprising. But it’s natural for you to get frustrated, especially if you’re a paying subscriber of Netflix as you can no longer access it on your device in the future. It’s unfair, you may think. However, Google and Netflix only want to protect their properties.
Right now, the Netflix on your rooted device will still work without problems. But, at some point, it’ll stop working.