Netflix is competing for the title of “best app in the world”, especially since users can now watch movies and TV shows offline. However, there are still some problems that the company needs to fix before reaching for The Crown. At the moment, Netflix is no longer available for rooted Android devices. The company confirmed that their app is not visible on any device that is it altered or that it is not Google-certified. While it might upset some people, this is just a protection method.
The 5.0 version of Netflix is not leaning on Google’s Widevine to prevent piracy. This is why the app sees rooted Android devices as incompatible. While some users are unhappy, Netflix is just protecting its app from piracy. Now that downloading shows and watching them offline is an option, the risk of piracy is even more concerning.
When you root a device to have better control over the operating system it is easier to circumvent the DRM. This measure is not going to stop the ones that really want to do harm. On the other hand, well-meaning users might be affected by this protection method. Despite Netflix stating that the app is not going to work on rooted Android devices, tech experts discovered a way to make it work. The only difficulty is to install the app.
There is another problem with the Netflix app. The Google Play listing is tied to the ability to run Android Pay and not Widevine. This means that those who have unlocked phones might be denied access to Netflix altogether. It can happen even if these people are using secure, untouched firmware. Nevertheless, determined fans are always going to find a way to download and use the Netflix app.
Some people are going to use rooted Android devices that have undetectable changes. While tech companies believe that people root their devices for illegal purposes, most of them are just interested in customization. Now, some of these individuals need to choose between keeping their rooted Android devices and watching Netflix.
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