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Google Movies blocked for Rooted Devices

Discussion in 'Android News' started by Malvado, May 23, 2011.

  1. Malvado
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    Finally, something the non-rooted community can hold over its super-user counterpart. Google has decided to block users, with rooted devices, from accessing the Google Movies service. Users with rooted devices are greeted with a rage-inducing “Failed to fetch license…” error whenever they try to load a movie for viewing. Google has come out and flatly said that rooted users will be denied due to “requirements related to copyright protection”.


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    named super user for a reason..in time

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    What a dumb thing to do. Just encourages piracy.
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    BTW I don't think it was Google's decision. Probably the studios & MPAA.
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    hahaha this made me laugh
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    All I have to say is who cares. I wouldn't watch a whole movie on a screen any smaller than my laptop. Between Netflix & HBO GO who needs em?

    I would never unroot my phone and give up all the added benefits just to rent movies.
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    I can understand it. They have to put the movie files somewhere since 3g streaming would probably upset the carriers. Root users could get those files upsetting the movie industry.

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    Lame.....

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    I guess this is a fee they will never receive from me...
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    I am very curious to see how this check is implemented. With the exception of the HTC Thunderbolt, rooting is fairly strait forward. You have a modified SU binary and a Superuser.apk file on your phone (I know, not that easy, but at the end of the day all you need are those two files on your phone to have root). Is google just checking for the presence of those two items? If so, theoretically one could be rooted, go back to “non-root”, watch a flick, then re-root when they are done. If google starts looking for MD5SUM on the kernel that’s another story.

    Personally, I don’t ever see my self watching a full length movie on my phone so it really does not impact me. Root access lets me have a new phone every couple of months. Either by changing the color of my notification window or flashing a new Kernel to shake things up a little. I would take root over streaming google movies in a heartbeat.

    The other question is what else are they going to block rooted users from?
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    Rooted users will eventually be labeled "cellular network terrorists"
    We shall then rise up and strap exploding phones to our bodies and walk into their stores!

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    The highly-rated Blockbuster app and other bloatware? :^)

    But seriously, I think they will try and block tethering and possibly the Market, to coerce people back into unrooting.

    And rooters will come up with a desktop on/off widget to turn root on or off, like we do for the GPS now.

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    Why would you turn gps off? It uses no power unless you start an app that needs it.
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    I'll try leaving it on and and see the effect on my battery...

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    While I agree about watching full movies on a 4.3" or smaller screen, most new phones have HDMI out. Which means you could use your phone to stream to a full sized television. Rooting it will keep you from doing that as well. :angry:
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    Who says rooting will stop you from streaming to TV? Rooting will only stop you from using Androids movie service. If your rooted, I assume you know ways to get movies other than from the normal avenues! Just save it to your SD card and play it from the device.
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    Whole heartedly agree

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    For now it is blocked.....Android has the best devs they will figure something out..
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    Something tells me a majority of root users just torrent anyways...(not me though ;) )

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    I haven't received my Music invite yet but do we know if this will affect the new Google Music cloud service for rooted devices?
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