Netflix will no longer work on rooted Android smartphones, the news was confirmed in an official statement that was given to Android Police by Netflix.
Netflix will no longer appear in the Google Play Store to anyone with using a rooted Android device, the company has confirmed.
But, Android Police, who first reported this development, mentions that the video streaming platform works just fine for Android users who've already downloaded the app or have sideloaded it on their device.
This version is 5.0 of Netflix. Well, as it explains above Widevine is a Google digital rights management thing that the firm provides to providers as license free. Interestingly, installing the app via APK apparently allows the service to continue working, but it seems certain that won't remain the case for long. Apparently Netflix fears that users with rooted phones and tablets will download content from Netflix and strip away copy protections.
The Netflix app can be downloaded from the Play Store only on phones that fully comply with the security requirement prescribed by Android. Rooted devices have more control over the operating system than unrooted ones and therefore Netflix probably fears that there's a chance that content could get ripped. My unlocked bootloader is not a sign that I am up to no good, and I suspect that there are other Android users who feel the same. With downloadable shows and offline viewing, users can locally save shows or movies to watch in areas where they don't have reliable data or internet access. Grabbing apps like this outside of the Play Store isn't very tricky from sites like APKMirror. Widevine classifies devices as Level 1 or Level 3, depending on their security status and whether the device is provisioned by the manufacturer (i.e.it's not illegitimately unlocked or otherwise rooted).