Latest Netflix app doesn't want to play with rooted devices

Some rooted Android users can no longer download Netflix from Google Play

The changelog of updated version of the app reads as follows, "Version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements".

Jogn Archer who does TV reviews for SmartHouse said in a Forbes article'Given that Google's Widevine digital rights management system is apparently the reason for the Netflix block, it seems a bit odd that the app (even v5.0.5) seems to still be working at the time of writing; it's now only the Play Store download that's been blocked.

If you're an Android user with a rooted phone - there's bad news for you. Presumably, that means Netflix fears that Widevine could be circumvented on a rooted device. In principle, it's somewhat less demanding to strip the duplicate security from the downloaded duplicate of a Netflix arrangement than it is to tear the stream. Netflix recently updated to version 5.0, which includes Google's Widevine DRM. Netflix now relies on Widevine DRM technology by Google so the app must be compatible with a trusted Android device.


Netflix has revealed that as of its latest version of the app, Android users who like to tinker with the operating system won't be able to use it.

The popular streaming service has reportedly stopped supporting the app on rooted or unlocked Android devices. Devices with unlocked bootloaders, therefore, may be cut off from downloading Netflix even if their firmware is still secure. Despite knowing these security vulnerabilities, certain users "root" their devices in order to gain administrator privileges, with a vision to boost performance.

While Netflix confirms of blocking devices, the objective of that action is still not clear. It can identify devices running or not running in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Oddly the app still seems to work if sideloaded, but it's not clear it's going to stay that way. But when you do so, you'll lose all improvements made by Netflix.

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