Google chooses to block rooted devices from using movie rental service

Whenever Google releases a phone — Nexus One, Nexus S — one of the most popular reasons for buying it is a usually unadvertised feature: “fastboot oem unlock.” It should come as no surprise at this point that Android users like to mess around with their phones. Whether it’s only as far as a custom launcher, or taken all the way to custom ROMs. Unfortunately, if you happen to be into the latter, you’ll find yourself out of luck with some of Google’s services.

Discovered this weekend, if you are running a rooted device, you are not allowed to use Google’s new movie rental service. Instead of paying for a movie, and watching it on the rooted device of your choice, you get this error message: “Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49).” There’s a couple of good theories behind this, but there’s only one that I find really valid.

The higher ups behind the license side of Hollywood simply might not agree to anything else. At that point, Google has to make a choice. They either decide to let Android users who aren’t rooted still have access to their movie rental service, or they say no and try to fight it, allowing rooted users access as well. If they did fight it, it could have gone horribly wrong, and there’s no saying that there isn’t some changes already in the works. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the situation, but for now, it looks like rooted users are out of luck. Thank goodness there are million alternatives right? Netlfix, ho!

Via Android Central

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