If you haven’t heard, Google’s new movie service on Android 3.1 has been blocked to root users. If you have a rooted Xoom running Android 3.1, you cannot rent or purchase videos from the new Movies section in the Android Market.
But it doesn’t end there; the newly released Blockbuster application for the Droid Charge does the same thing! It will detect if you are rooted or not, and if you are, they will restrict you from renting or watching videos through the application. Supposedly, Widevine (a Google owned company) restricts encrypted content to rooted devices. I don’t know what Google is thinking here. This may be them trying to tell people that those who root their phones want to illegally steal movies, but we may never know.
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