Have you recently rooted your Android phone? A lot of people do it to gain access to more settings than the average users. However, everything has its price, and unfortunately this time it’s Netflix. The company just confirmed that it’s blocking downloads of its app on such devices. Even, the app will no longer be visible on Google Play to anyone with an Android device that is rooted.
In a statement to Android Police, Netflix confirmed its decision:
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.
While Netflix didn’t say the specific reason for stopping being nice to those devices, the fact that the latest version of the app depends on Google’s Widevine digital rights management solutions indicates some obvious reasons. So, the reason might be to protect Netflix’s copyright materials.
Albeit well-intentioned, the company’s decision does have a negative impact on users with the rooted Android phone. To check whether you’re one of those victims of the company’s harsh decision, just go to Google Play Store and click on Netflix app to check its compatibility. If it’s not compatible, Android Police suggests you to directly download Netflix APKs so that you can get the latest updates outside the Play Store.