Netflix will not be officially available for Android devices rooted and unlocked, the streaming service being moved to a new copy protection mechanism. It now uses the Google Widevine DRM to prevent piracy, which has become significant after Netflix has allowed downloads on its platform late last year.
In a statement to the Police for Android, Netflix said:
With the latest version 5.0, we rely entirely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; Therefore, many devices that are not Google certified or have been modified will no longer work with the last application and these users will no longer see the Netflix application in the Play Store.
The important thing is “not certified by Google or modified”, which is official déraclés and uprooted devices.
You can also put yourself on the app’s changelog on Google Play:
Version 5.0 only works with Google certified devices and meets all Android requirements.
For this reason, the app will not be shown to users when rooted searching the Google Play Store. If you are in the list via a direct link, you will receive a “Your device does not support this version” error message.
For now, the application is still fully functional on devices with, according to the Police for Android, and reports on Reddit. But this could be the first step to removing all access to rooted devices in the future – some banking applications already do – so you may want to consider leaving the root car.
If you prefer not to do so, but still want to have future changes in Netflix, you will have to rely on hosting websites like APKMirror APK, which catalog and offer all new versions.
Have you noticed that you can not (officially) download the Netflix app on your rooted Android phone? You are not alone. Netflix has confirmed that your app is no longer visible on Google Play for anyone with a device that is “not Google certified or [has] changed.” A spokesman told the Android police that this is a change of copy protection. Version 5.0 of the Netflix application relies entirely on the management of Widevine Google digital rights to prevent piracy, so you should treat these modified devices as incompatible. Repression is not at all surprising, it creates problems.
There is certainly an incentive to change strategy: now you can download programs, piracy is more troubling than ever. In theory, it is a little easier to remove copy copy protection from downloading a series of Netflix ripping stream. And when you create a device to gain more control over the operating system, you can potentially better around this DRM than you would otherwise.
This could not stop many people, but could hurt well-meaning viewers. While Netflix said that its application “will no longer work” with modified Android devices, Android Police verified that it always works correctly if you manage to install the application (for example, by APK transfer), at least for now. In addition, the list of Google Play appears linked to whether it has been deleted or not run Android Pay, not Widevine. This can create problems – if you have a device with an unlocked boot manager, you can deny easy access to Netflix, even if you use a safe and untouched firmware.
That will not scare committed fans (you can even use methods that will not be detected roots), but it highlights the difficult place like Netflix and other multimedia content providers are. Many people who say or modify their phones are only interested in personalization, and some of them can now decide between keeping their access to the root and seeing strange things.