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Netflix blocks rooted Android devices

Netflix has confirmed that it will no longer allow users with a rooted Android device to download its app from the Play Store. It is a change that is likely to prove controversial amongst Android enthusiasts, given the enthusiasm that exists for custom ROMs.

Recently users with rooted devices started to notice that the Netflix app is no longer accessible via Google Play. The video streaming company has since confirmed this was a deliberate move that came about as a result of digital rights management changes.

A statement from Netflix read:

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.

At present it appears that the Netflix app still works on rooted devices, meaning some customers are likely to opt to download the client from an unofficial source.

[via Android Police]