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Netflix App Blocked from Download on Rooted and Unlocked Devices

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Netflix has confirmed that its app for Android doesn’t work on devices that have been rooted. The company revealed that rooted Android phones or those with unlocked bootloaders can no longer download the app from the Google Play Store.

 

Netflix stated for Android Police, “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.”

 

The official Netflix app simply appears as “incompatible” on rooted smartphones or devices that have unlocked bootloaders, even if they weren’t previously rooted. Surprisingly, the Netflix app continues to work on those devices, but they no longer have the ability to download the application from the Play Store.

 

Netflix app works as before on rooted phones

 

The Netflix app continues to work on rooted phones, allowing users to browse and search the catalog or play videos just like before. Still, the application won’t receive updates past the Netflix 5.0 version, meaning that no new features will come to users on rooted phones.

 

Netflix relies on Google’s Widevine DRM technology, which is compatible with multiple desktop and mobile platforms. The technology provides one of three security levels for each device, depending on which processes run in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).

 

Still, the Play Store listing appears to be connected to the device’s SafetyNet status, not the Widevine TEE. Therefore, it’s quite surprising that the Netflix app can’t be downloaded from the Play Store on rooted devices, but that it continues to work on such Android phones. Perhaps, at some point, the application will stop working on all Android smartphones that have been altered, which will surely disappoint some users. When that happens, the Netflix app will join the list of apps and services that don’t work on rooted phones, together with Android Pay.

 

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