Reports from several reliable sources claim that the new version of Netflix app might not be working with rooted Android tablets. This means that Android tablet users who have either rooted or altered the operating system of their tablet will not be able to download the latest version of the Netflix app on their devices.
It was recently reported that Netflix has adopted the Widevine Digital Rights Management protocol of Google in the 5.0 version of the app. This protocol prohibits non-Google certified tablets and smartphones and the devices that are rooted from being able to download and install certain apps from the Android Play Store.
Another report suggested that Netflix might not even have used Widevin for that. Instead, they are using a tool, which is made available to all the developers with the help of Google Play Console. This tool is called as SafetyNet Attestation and it prevents the downloading and installing of certain apps to devices that are not accounted in the Device Catalog of Google.
This means that rooted Android tablets and the ones that have custom ROMs installed will not be able to download and use the latest version of the Netflix app. In a recent statement, a Netflix spokesperson said, “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services therefore many devices that are not Google-certified, or have been altered, will no longer work with our latest app.”
He added, “And those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.” Users who use rooted Android tablets will be able to see an “Incompatible” warning sign in the Android Play Store when they try to download the Netflix app. Reports indicate that Netflix made this decision to prevent and protect people from pirating their films and TV shows.
Results obtained from a recent study revealed that over 25 percent of Android users choose to unlock their devices for removing the built-in apps of the device. Doing this will give them admin rights and enable them to upload content, which the tablet or smartphone operating system normally restricts.
The abundant collection of TV series and movies has made Netflix app one of the most favorite apps of Android tablet users. Netflix’s original series like The OA, Stranger Things, House of Cards, and the most recent teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, were highly appreciated by viewers. The loss of Netflix will surely hurt rooted Android tablet users.