Netflix has started to block rooted Android devices from downloading its app via Google Play Store. It is also applicable to those users who have only unlocked bootloaders on their Android devices. While reports of such behavior appeared a few days ago, the leading on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service provider has confirmed the same.
This new Netflix policy has come into implementation with the latest v5.0 update currently available on the Play Store. It means if you have a rooted or unlocked bootloader Android devices, you will either not see the Netflix app listing on the store or it will be visible to you as “incompatible” with your device. But the good thing is that you can continue to use the app if you already have it installed on the device or you sideload it via an APK.
In the statement given to Android Police, Netflix 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.”
The exact reason behind Netflix’s decision to block rooted Android devices is unknown but it is likely to be a step against the content piracy. As you must be aware that Netflix now supports offline viewing of the content on mobile devices, it is said that it is relatively easier to get rid of DRM protection with rooted devices.
As mentioned above, Netflix app is working on rooted Android devices if it is already installed or has been sideloaded. But there is no surety for how long this would continue to work as it Netflix is most likely to stop the working of app altogether on all rooted devices.