Though gaining root access to Android devices usually opens up avenues for more functions and privileges, changes to Netflix’s DRM practises will see root users hit a roadblock when attempting to access the popular streaming service.
“Your device isn’t compatible with the version” was the message that reportedly greeted a number of root Android users who attempted to access Netflix on the Google Play Store today, and the streaming service has now revealed that support for many unlocked devices will cease with the latest version of its app. Some users running legitimately unlocked bootloaders also found themselves blocked.
In a statement given to (opens in new tab), a Netflix representative said “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.”
For those who don’t know, Widevine (opens in new tab) is a Google company that provides multiplatform content protection to internet video delivery services. Devices are separated into three security levels, with rooted Android devices falling into the not-very-secure Level 3.
According to Android Police, Netflix version 5.0.4 is still functioning on their unlocked and rooted Galaxy Tab S, so it’s still unclear as to which devices will be affected.