Much to the disappointment of hundreds of thousands of users who rooted their Android phones, Google has announced that their new movie rental services won’t be available to rooted devices.
According to the company, this restriction has been imposed on rooted devices because of complications arising from copyright related issues.
The new movie rental services was officially unveiled by the company at this year’s Google I/O conference, and has since been labelled by many observers as the latest hot thing on the Android market.
However, there were reports of rooted phones an error message saying, “Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)", when they tried to access the service.
Google explained the issue by issuing an associated help article that read, "You'll receive this 'Error 49' message if you attempt to play a movie on a rooted device. Rooted devices are currently unsupported due to requirements related to copyright protection,".
Of course, it is probably a matter of time until a third party app find a way around the block, giving rooted users equal access the new movie rental services.
Rooting a phone is the process of gaining full administrative access (root access) to the phone's operating system. Gaining root access without the manufacturers consent is also called jailbreaking. Both jailbreaking and legal maneuvers to prevent jailbreaking are controversial.