Netflix will cease to be officially available for rooted and unlocked Android devices, with the streaming service shifting to a new copy-protection mechanism. It’s now using Google’s Widevine DRM to prevent piracy, which has grown into importance after Netflix enabled downloads on its platform late last year. Earlier, Netflix Apk is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone.
Netflix has validated that its app is no longer visible on Google Play to anyone with a device that is “not Google-certified or has been altered.” A spokesperson tells Android Police that it’s all about a shift in copy protection. Version 5.0 of the Netflix app now leans completely on Google’s Widevine digital rights management to prevent piracy, so it has to treat those modified devices as incompatible. The crackdown isn’t quite shocking, but it does create some issues.
In a report 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 cease to see the Netflix app in the Play Store.
The significant bit there is not Google-certified or have been altered, which is official speak for rooted and bootloader unlocked devices.
Because of this, the app won’t show up for rooted users when they search for it on the Google Play store. Should you end up on the listing via a direct link, you’ll be treated to a “Your device isn’t agreeable with this version” error message.
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For now, the app is yet fully functional on rooted devices, according to Android Police and reports on Reddit. But this could just be the prime step in dropping all access to rooted devices in the future – some banking apps already do so you might want to reconsider getting off the root wagon.
If you’d fairly not, but still want to get future Netflix updates, you’ll need to rely on APK entertaining websites such as APKMirror, which catalog and offer every new version.