If you’ve rooted your Android device in order to control how your phone works, then there is a bad news for you. With version 5.0, you will no longer be able to grab Netflix’s app from Google Play, as the company is blocking downloads on such devices.
Netflix has confirmed that its app is no longer available on Google Play to anyone with a device that is “not Google-certified or [has] been altered,” a spokesperson told Android Police.
Netflix’s latest version 5.0 leans entirely on Google’s Widevine digital rights management to prevent piracy, so it has to treat those rooted devices as incompatible. The company’s new policy isn’t entirely shocking, but it does create some issues.
Since Netflix has allowed users to download shows, piracy is more of a concern than ever. In simpler words, it is now easier to strip the copy protection from the downloaded copy of a Netflix series. And when a device is rooted, users have more control over the operating system, and potentially have a better chance of deceiving the DRM.
This measure could hurt well-meaning viewers. While the Netflix says the app “will no longer work”, Android Police has confirmed if you manage to install the app such as by side-loading the APK, then it still runs properly, at least for now.