Rooted Android devices will no longer be able to download Netflix

Unable to download the Netflix app on your Android device? Well, that's because the latest app update no longer supports rooted devices. The update comes shortly after a hacker who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, threatened to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black.”

In an official statement to Android Police, Netflix has 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. Version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements."

This is why Android devices that have been rooted will not be able to see the Netflix app on the Google Play Store. If you do manage to find a direct link to the app, you will get the device incompatibility error message.

Right now, the app is fully functional on rooted devices as confirmed by Android Police as well as a post on Reddit. But of course you will need to download the APK to do so. This means that Netflix is slowly going to take strong measures to improve upon security.

Published Date: May 15, 2017 03:10 pm | Updated Date: May 15, 2017 03:10 pm