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Rooting your Android device will prevent you from seeing movies rented from the Android Market

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Rooting your Android device will prevent you from seeing movies rented from the Android Market
Earlier this month, we reported that some Android device holders will be able to rent movies in the Android Market. Right now, only those owning a Motorola XOOM with Android 3.1 have access to the service, but soon those with a device powered by Android 2.2 or higher will have the opportunity to pay $1.99 to $3.99 to rent a movie for up to 30 days with a 24 hour viewing clock that counts down once you start watching the movie. Well, that is, unless you have rooted your Android phone or tablet.

Those with the Android 3.1 flavored Motorola XOOM who have rooted their tablet are seeing an error message that reads, " "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)" when trying to rent a movie from the application. In a response to a question about the error message, Google says that, "rooted devices are currently unsupported due to requirements related to copyright protection." What doesn't seem to make sense is that Google blames the movie studios for creating this policy while other rental services like Netflix and iTunes will work on rooted devices.

source: AndroidMarketHelp via Engadget

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posted on 21 May 2011, 22:43 1

1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Wow. And fandroids say Apple is too controlling. At least when an iPhone is rooted all content works flawlessly still. What gives Google? That bs excuse doesn't fly with me.

posted on 22 May 2011, 00:21 2

4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Say what you want, android is still 2 years ahead, Still less Secure(Hahaha Android fails) and makes a better toy.

posted on 22 May 2011, 00:50 1

6. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


wait, were u agreeing with him or arguing for android?

and btw, for the people who think jailbreaking an ios device is bad, apple does absolutely nothing about it and cant, but obviously google cares enough to..

posted on 22 May 2011, 03:10 9

8. ap (unregistered)


I have used apple products before and people from my family still use it..it's really good...but it is not now nor will it ever come close to being as open minded as Android...i know that Android has its flaws, but the advantages are too good....

and I don't understand why you stalk people who like Android, throughout this website....is it because you are an annoying apple fanboy??? or just because you hate Android and they don't????

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:30

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no, it was just a point i was trying to make a little while back and i thought since here was evidence of it, it would be easier to say it

posted on 22 May 2011, 10:46 5

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The statement says "currently " unsupported. The problem may not be permanent. Furthermore, you're being disingenuous about apple. They tried to get jailbreaking declared a felony offense under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That's worse than anything Google has ever done.

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:20 1

16. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Way to stick it to him Sniggly!

posted on 22 May 2011, 17:51

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Thanks NeXoS! :)

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:29 1

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


but the key thing is, they didnt...

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:54 1

19. DragonicNight (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


How about we dont argue whos right and whos wrong and just look at the fact that both are good devices and that they both have there pros and cons how about that

posted on 22 May 2011, 14:01 2

21. ap (unregistered)


no the "THING" is that "THEY" COULDN'T

posted on 22 May 2011, 17:50 1

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No, the government bitchslapped them down, Sniggly. Which marks one of the few times I've seen in recent memory where the government wanted to be less oppressive than a private company. And who knows? Apple may try to appeal that decision.

Hitler *didn't* take over the world. He tried, but failed. Does his failure make his actions any better?

posted on 22 May 2011, 17:51 1

23. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*Lucas*, not Sniggly. iFail. I've been swimming all day. I'm tired. Sue me.

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:21 1

25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Lucas, you're a troll and you fail at every discussion you engage in on this site. xD

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:29 1

26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i really did not mean to start a discussion... everything i say people make into a discussion... how is that my fault... and for above, haha... and no, hitler did succeed in many ways... we still learn bout him and what he did... he influenced the world and always will... did apple in trying to make jailbreaking illegal? no... because i bought it and i can do whatever the hell i feel like to it...

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:35 1

27. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yes, that's the sentiment the government had when Apple brought it up. The fact remains that they tried, and they voluntarily went into the court system to do so. You can't just shrug that off as equivalent to "Yeah, man, Apple doesn't care that we jailbreak our devices."

It's one of the reasons why, on principle, I will never own an Apple device. They make good hardware and software, but their devotion to controlling the consumer, their business partners, and everyone who stands in their way is alarming.

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:41 1

29. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes, but why even do that.. u know if they wanted to ever so badly they wud put a sensor on the iphone that wud tell if it had been jailbroken.. i mean really, they cud easily do that... but they dont and so for those who know how to search jailbreak _.__ and press a button, they have complete and total control over every aspect of their phone... not that they didnt already but its more figurative if u know what i mean..

posted on 22 May 2011, 23:29

30. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


your iPhone is your property, you can do whatever the hell you want to do to it but if you expect to get any support or if you want anything from THEM with your jailbroken iPhone then you're just outta luck guy. Google isn't making it illegal to root your device at all like Apple tried to do for jailbreaking but loos like you're just not gonna be able to download movies from the market with a rooted phone. it's all because of the movie studios, for example, say you're having a house party and a friend of yours wants to sell some of his homemade brew there and you get a percentage of the income, he knows it's an open party so he asks you to make sure you have it some place safe where people won't just take it like they will with all of the other refreshments plus you could really use the extra funds so what do you do? you want people to enjoy the party but you've got to respect you and your friend's deal so you honor it.

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:07

33. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay... dont understandthe relevance of ur analogy but whatevr... (and btw i think we can cut back on analogies..)

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:19

35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm explaining to you why Google is taking extra security measures to not exploit their partnership with the movie studios.

posted on 23 May 2011, 00:33

31. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um, didn't I hear something about Apple turning on GPS and cameras on jailbroken iPhones in order to try to take pictures of the perps?

*checks sources* Oh yeah, in their patent applications regarding future camera uses, they're looking to combine stolen phone tracking with detecting when a phone is hacked/modified/JAILBROKEN (actually named in their application).

The fight against Apple over jailbreaking isn't over yet, not by a long shot.

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:04

32. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes... they already did that... and took it off in an update later... thats like saying motorola wasnt gonna service rooted xooms... then they changed their mind later...

okay, and what can they possible do? blow up my iphone?

posted on 23 May 2011, 02:00

38. Sniggly (Posts: 6983; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not servicing a rooted device is at the least no worse than Apple's general policy. Offering to still do the free 4G upgrade when ready even to rooted users is more than Apple would do.

Apple can shut off features of your phone. Other companies employ this as a security feature for business phones, but they don't include jailbreaking as a reason. I'm finding no indication anywhere that they have stopped pursuing this functionality. What's your source for that information?

posted on 23 May 2011, 18:52

41. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i dont remember my source... it happened like a year ago... and no they just tried it for like 3.2.something - 3.2.3 or something like that

posted on 22 May 2011, 10:26 1

12. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Umm yeah I'm in the same boat as Lucas, is Luis Lopez agreeing with me or not?

Also AP I am by no means stalking Android, check my profile and you'll aee I use a nexus 1. Its my work phone. I used to have an iPhone 4 but now use windows phone as my personal device(experimenting). I am in no way being an Apple fan boy I just expressed my frustration that Google is giving us the run around when Netflix has so obviously proven their reason to be bs.and at the same time poking fun at Android fanboys because honestly the ones on this site, the hardcore ones anyway, are petty pathetic. So re-read what I said slowly, so u can see that the only thing in my post is commentary on googles response and a little joke about how limitless Android is limited in ways that Apple isn't. It's called IRONY. And by the way, this comment was tongue in cheek too.

posted on 22 May 2011, 10:45 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think he is talking to Lucas, He seems to hold a personal grudge against android fro some reason.... cant really tell.....

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:38

28. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


really i dont... i just dont think it is all sun and flowers like everyone says... and yes, i had a captivate so its not like i didnt try it... and i did love some parts of it, but the parts that annoyed me were just sooooo annnoying it made it not worth it... and after having an iphone, i hated losing all my apps... and all the little things they thought of... and no, i really love some android devices... like the evo... i really like the evo, and the sensation that is such an amazing phone.. but as i am on att, my android devices kinda suck..

and for above, way to try windows phone... isnt it amazing? i really like it..

and for below, seems pretty ironic huh...

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:13

34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the Atrix doesn't suck. o:

posted on 23 May 2011, 23:45

42. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


u know how many bugs it has had? if u dont believe me just look at its sales...

posted on 24 May 2011, 14:32

44. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


okay. yet it gets amazing reviews. TOTALLY not worth looking at.

posted on 23 May 2011, 07:35

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


To me it was a matter of taste, I had and iPhone, but was in love with my Symbian P1 that the things the iPhone Had where not important to me(At that time), I had games and tuff I loved and really liked to brag about my 3MP camera and my "awesome" pictures, Latter tried winmo to use my MSN account and it wasn't roses I'll wait more time before purchasing one... I remember when I tried android for the first time, was on a winmo device and I Loved it... for some reason I was nice so I got one as my next phone and so far its features are quite useful to me plus I can play the games I like =)

but maybe your issue is more related with how the carrier has decided to use android, and C'mon we all miss an app game or feature from an old Os we Used before

posted on 23 May 2011, 23:48

43. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes, and anyways my captivate was rooted so the att thing didnt matter... and really the main reason i wont get android is the apps... they just suck so much... they suck on wp7 too but they just look so god damn nice i get over it...

posted on 24 May 2011, 14:34

45. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Android has some pretty nice apps now. even my friend with an iPhone 4 wishes he could get some of the apps i can on my Droid 2.

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:58

20. ap (unregistered)


@clevername

It clearly mentions that my response wasn't at your comment....so i guess NOW it's clear....

btw

"a little joke about how limitless Android is limited in ways that Apple isn't"

really??

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:53 1

37. Goldeneye (Posts: 353; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Lopez is an idiot, he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, language barrier I believe, lol

posted on 23 May 2011, 02:25

39. bob (unregistered)


Apple Locks out ebooks if your device is jailbroken.

posted on 21 May 2011, 22:45 3

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This means the application may be easy to exploit, beta i say

posted on 22 May 2011, 06:10 2

10. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


exactly...Google never made claims that it isn't supporting rooting their OS its always been open and the main reason its attracted so many developers is bcoz u can do anything with it....this might jus be the beta version bug which can be corrected by Google soon

posted on 22 May 2011, 00:06 4

3. AlvinSpeaksToo (unregistered)


well its only for now rooted androids can't view rented movies but i have hope...no, it will happen. Some nerdy geek will help us view the content we rented. =]

posted on 22 May 2011, 00:43 5

5. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Umm yes you do realize that the people that make up the roms to root phones can easily find ways around this right. It's a pathetic attempt for the cinema companies trying to get google to be restrictive. Sorry won't work. Droid rules

posted on 22 May 2011, 01:24 2

7. Rich (unregistered)


i dont care too much... i dont have a tablet just my phone. so the last thing id do on my phone is rent a movie to watch on my 4.3 inch screen. when would i watch it? dropping a duece? btw my phone isnt rooted so i could watch em if i wanted but like i said... i wouldnt anyway.

posted on 22 May 2011, 04:57 3

9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


uh, big whoop so i won't be able to get movies from the market. i'll just resort to the dozens of other ways to get movies on my phone. i wasn't itching that badly for a movie store Google, i'm keeping root access, thanks anyway.

posted on 22 May 2011, 10:14 3

11. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Damn, guess I'll just have to pirate the movies off of one of Android's many bittorrent apps...

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:28

15. chuckchizzle (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)


I am a gadget junkie and all but I have never really wanted to watch a movie on my phone. I think its more of a novelty than anything else. Yes I have Netflix on one of my Verizon phones and thousands of MP4 files. I have TRIED but it just doesn't do it for me.

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:38

36. Android Applications Developme (unregistered)


Hmmmmm waiting for this services to be activated soon on other Android Handsets so that all Android users can make use of this services and enjoy movies on their Android handsets.

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