If you have a rooted Android device, Netflix will soon no longer appear in the Google Play Store, the company has confirmed.
The company have decided that any device that is “not Google-certified or [has]been altered” will be regarded as incompatible with its Android app.
The news was confirmed to Android Police and the change was rolled out at the same time as the latest version of the streaming video app.
The company have claimed that the move is to prevent piracy.
The latest version of Netflix, version 5.0, uses technology created by Widevine, a Google company that specialises in digital rights management to prevent piracy.
A spokesperson for Netflix told Android Police: “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.”
It is now possible to download your favourite shows and films for viewing offline. This increases the threat of piracy however as in theory it is easier to remove the copy protection.
When devices are rooted, the user gets complete access to the operating system which includes gaining the necessary permissions therefore allowing users to get around the DRM.