Rooted Android Devices Will Not Have Access To Google’s Movie Rental Service

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By now all of us are pretty aware of Google’s movie renting service for Android via the Android Market which is currently accessible to users with Motorola XOOM running on Android 3.1. Google plans to extend this service to devices running on Android 2.2 Froyo and further as well. But it has now come to light that rooted Motorola XOOM tablets are not being able to access or rent movies. When they try to rent movies, they receive an error message saying “Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)”. This seems very frustrating for users, mainly because rooted devices can access sites like Netflix and others. Google responded to this criticism by saying – “rooted devices are currently unsupported due to requirements related to copyright protection.”

Google here seems to have deflected the hit towards the studios that provide movies instead of blaming their own policies. Let’s hope they manage to resolve the issue before it gets out of hand, though from a common man’s perspective it seems very unlikely that Google would allow this to run on rooted devices. Google plans to provide the movie rental service at $1.99 to $3.99 per month with a 24 hour viewing time which means that you have 24 hours to finish the movie once you start watching it. It hasn’t caused quite an impact yet because it is still being gradually rolled out. With services like Google Music currently being talked about, it is expected of Google to pose restrictions on them too. But let’s hope they think otherwise.



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