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Android Market Movie Rentals Blocked on Rooted Devices

Steven Blum



It seems as if Google is blocking their new movie rental service from those who have rooted their devices. According to Android Central, if you try to download a film from Android Market on a rooted device, you'll simply get an error message that says "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)." 

Is this an admission that Google equates rooting with criminality? Or has the company caved to pressure from film studios who don't understand what a root is? It's probably the latter, but that doesn't make this pill any easier to swallow. Jailbreaking your device doesn't disqualify you from downloading a film off iTunes or Netflix, so why does Google need to construct this wall?

If the goal was to piss off a lot of people, the company has surely succeeded. Sure someone will find a way around this but, principally, Google will at least for now appear to many Android fanboys and girls as a sell-out. And they might be right.